By Amy Pino and Sydney Weil
Three words: It’s basically perfect.
Don’t be deterred by the cliché poster of an in-love couple smiling in the rain. Rather, you should be enticed to see this movie because it is exactly the opposite of what the stereotypical poster may suggest. Yes, it is a love story. Yes, there is a moment in the movie where the happy couple does in fact celebrate their love in the rain. Yes, Rachel McAdams is the leading woman, an actress whom almost every sappy, love story movie director seems to feature. However, About Time is so much more than that.
The story follows Tim (Domhnall Gleeson), a charming, adorable young British man whose father (Bill Nighy) has just recently revealed to him a groundbreaking secret about the men of their family. Armed with this secret, Tim is left to battle the ups and downs of his twenties.
Tim is particularly fixated on one goal: finding love. His father warns him to be careful with this newly-learned secret, but Tim is determined to find the right girl.
Enter Mary (McAdams), whom he meets in a rather odd setting: a restaurant/nightclub where people are seated with strangers and left to eat and converse, but with a catch: it’s in the pitch-black dark. Tim is certain that he has found “the one” when he is seated next to Mary, and he is eager to leave the dark restaurant to finally find out who the mystery girl is.
When Tim and Mary meet outside, there is an instant connection between the two. We follow their story, the ups and downs of their love. Fear not when you think that the story may end in tragedy due to Tim’s abuse of his family secret; just when Tim and Mary are at their lowest point, there is a upswing that will reassure you that they are meant to be together.