Written and directed by Richard Curtis, About Time centers on Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson), who, at the age of 21, discovers that he can travel in time and change what happens and has happened in his own life. Although he can’t change history, Tim resolves to improve his life by getting a girlfriend. He meets Mary (Rachel McAdams) and ultimately wins her heart via time travel. However, as his unusual life progresses, Tim finds that his special ability doesn’t exempt him and those he loves from the problems of ordinary life.
About Time is an unabashedly sincere sci-fi romantic comedy without the usual clutter of science-fiction elements. The movie features genuine relationships, witty banter, and an ending that is sure to pull on the viewers’ heartstrings. The film, however, actually feels more of a family drama than a rom-com, as it only comes to its own when Curtis finally allows the familial ties in the story to shine.