At the princely age of 21, Tim’s father takes him aside and tells him that he’s inherited the gift of time travel, just like all the men in his family before him. So, he can go back in time…now what to do with this power? Tim wants to use it to help him find true love. But as his father gently explains “all the time travel in the world can’t make some-one love you”.
With his special new gift, Tim moves to London, finds a career, makes new friends, and forms life long relationships. And he does find true love when he meets Mary. After their life together looks just about right, time travel seems unnecessary. But a problem eventually arises with his beloved sister, forcing Tim to make decisions about which things he can go back and fix, and which things he can’t.
I knew I was going to like this film in the first five minutes. I have no idea who this Gleeson person is, but does a smashing job in the role of the sensitive and loving Tim. I’m sure I’m not the first person to pick up on the fact that Rachel McAdams starred in The Time Travellers Wife – a drama/romance about time travel. Other clever casting bits include a brief appearance together of Richard E Grant and Richard Griffiths – Withnail and Uncle Monty from the 80s cult film Withnail and I!
The script was so lovely, so tender, so many beautiful characters. The only criticism I have is that the film slows down at one point and I think it’s trying to cover too much territory at that point. But it gets back on track and you are intimately involved again pretty quickly.
If you didn’t catch this film in the cinemas, then think yourself lucky – all the crying in a public place is not dignified! So although you do need tissues, you don’t walk away feeling depressed because it is, at the end of the day, a romantic comedy (in fact a Richard Curtis romantic comedy).
For those critics eager to find holes in the plot, who are over-scrutinising the inner workings of time travel, or rolling their eyes at the sentimentality – don’t bother. Really, you just need to see the simple delights in every average day.