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MV5BMTA1ODUzMDA3NzFeQTJeQWpwZ15BbWU3MDgxMTYxNTk@._V1_SX214_Rachel McAdams, Domhnall Gleeson, Bill Nighy, Lydia Wilson

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.


Midnight in Paris

Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams

Gil and his fiance, Inez, travel to Paris for a holiday. He is a successful Hollywood screenwriter, and is trying to become a novelist. While Inez hangs out with her parents and some friends, Gil hangs out with Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Picasso, Dali, Stein and other artists and writers from the 1920s. Each night he is transported back to what he believes is the golden age of Paris, and this takes him further and further away from Inez.

This is fairly typical Woody Allen stuff – the pained, self-critical artist, looking for himself. At first I wasn’t sure I liked Owen Wilson in Woody’s shoes. But he does grow into the role as he goes. McAdams certainly doesn’t do the script any favours (I’m not a huge fan of hers really), but in typical Woody Allen style, she is only on the peripheries of the film anyway. The real love interest for Gil is the romance of Paris itself.

It’s a quirky flick, not overly engaging or funny, but light, entertaining, and clever.

Wedding Crashers

Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, Isla Fisher

John and Jeremy are best friends who crash weddings to pick up chicks. They are nice guys really, but the womanising brings out the most despicable side to their characters. Their lying rulebook comes undone when they meet the two women they actually do want to be in a relationship with.

They both reach a point when they want to reassess their lives, but it comes at different times for each of them, thus putting a huge strain on their friendship.

This is classic rom com with the ‘bad boy’ character, but this time there are two of them. There is a love interest for each of them, the love interest has the ability to change the the bad boy and make him good. Classic motif of this time.

This is a funny movie, albeit a bit hard to stomach in places. I love Isla Fisher, she and Vince Vaughn carry the film. When you see it come on TV, definitely give it a look.

Morning Glory

Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Jeff Goldblum, Patrick Wilson

McAdams plays Becky, a career-driven New Jersey TV producer. Her character is very similar to those hard working, quirky women that Katherine Heigl nearly always plays (see Knocked Up, The Ugly Truth, 27 Dresses, Life as We know it). I think this slightly neurotic, hard working, career woman is starting to be dished up onto our rom com plates a little too much these days.

Anyway…Becky gets fired and moves to New York to take up a position on a failing morning show called “Daybreak”.  It’s her job to rescue the show, but she’s up against the odds with difficult anchors and lots of competition from other stations. Her determination and drive makes her a success at work.  But she’s failing at her new relationship with Adam (Wilson, from The Switch) because women can’t combine a career and a relationship.  Or can they?

I enjoyed this film more than a lot I’ve seen lately and it was probably because of Ford and Keaton.  It’s a story of success, team work, and love.  All feels good, worth a watch with your mum.


The Family Stone

Rachel McAdams, Sarah Jessica Parker, Caire Danes, Diane Keaton, Dermot Mulroney, Luke Wilson

The very tightly-knit and overtly liberal Stone family gets together every Christmas. This year, the eldest son, Everett, brings home his extremely uptight and conservative girlfriend, Meredith (SJP). She never really stood a chance. Feeling like a fish out of water with the extended family, she asks her sister to join her for moral support (Danes). The two sisters try to fit in to the holiday activities, but there are all sorts of underlying currents at play. There are emotional upheavals all over the place, and Everett’s plans to ask Meredith to marry him go completely awry.

I very much like this film because it doesn’t try and do too much. There was probably just a couple of characters too many to get to grips with, but on the whole, you knew what was going on. I also like the way Keaton holds court and everyone revolves around her as the centre of the family – the matriarch. It was teary, but there was also a very romantic ending.