Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens;
copper kettles and warm woolen mittens;
paper packages tied up with string;
are a few of my favorite things.
add Rachel McAdams and time warp movies to my list, Oscar. This romantic
comedy has both, along with a captivating performance by romantic lead
Writer/director Richard Curtis has a problem with movie length, as
witnessed by his almost interminable 2003 episodic Love, Actually,
which came in at a mind-boggling 135 minutes, which might be a world’s
record for a romcom. However, that’s what happens when a writer directs
his own script; everything is so wonderful he can’t make needed cuts.
Curtis also wrote many episodes of Black-Adder an apparently
little known, but long-remembered by me anyway, BBC sitcom from the
1980s (Blackadder II had a terrific cast, including Rowan Atkinson, Hugh
Laurie, Stephen Fry, and Amanda Richardson). But back to About Time,
although far too long for a romantic comedy this is still a charming
little movie that also features a touching performance by Curtis-movie
veteran Bill Nighy as Gleeson’s beloved father. Also in top form is Tom
Hollander as Gleeson’s foul-tempered landlord.
goes through a lot of machinations to finally hook up with McAdams. Even
though she constantly displays her award-quality smile, this role
doesn’t challenge McAdams very much. She’s there to provide the love
interest and that’s about all. It’s enough for me because she is in a
lot of scenes, and she gives a fine performance. She stole my heart,
along with a lot of other hearts, in her breakout performance as Ryan
Gosling’s heartthrob in The Notebook (2004), and she does the
same thing here.
also deserves a lot of credit for not baring her breasts. There are a
couple of love-making scenes that would normally cry out for nudity, but
apparently McAdams would have none of it. Good for her.
time warp angle is well done and is as believable as any science fiction
twist. But there is a huge plot hole near the end of the movie that
really disappointed me. It’s in there to give an emotional tug on the
heartstrings, and it did bring tears to my eyes, but, still, in the back
of my mind I was saying, “Wait a minute; this is totally inconsistent
with what came before!” That’s not what you want to have your audience
thinking at the end of what had been, up to then, something that is
totally entertaining. But, then, I get into movies. I take the stories
seriously. If you’re just there for an entertainment romp, you might not
even notice it.
to the pleasure is a wonderful sound track with a lot of great songs,
including Andrea Grant singing Dolly Parton’s I Will Always Love You
(which was written about Dolly’s 1974 professional break with Porter