Saturday, November 23, 2013

Movie Review Madness: Almost Time

Almost Time is a sweet quirky love story directed by Richard Curtiss who gave us "Love, Actually" and a personal fave "Four Weddings and a Funeral." Set in England, Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) turns 21 and learns from his father (Bill Nighy) that he has the ability to travel in time. Nothing that can change huge bits of history (like Hitler,etc). But the time travel can change a silly meeting to a perfect night of love. All Tim has to do is find a closet, clench his fists, and go back to the moment needed. Tim's a lawyer, but he's a redheaded dorky fellow who desperately wants a girlfriend.

Now in London, he encounters the most spectacular girl played by Rachel McAdams. They meet cute, he messes up some timing, they meet again and it's on to love, marriage, and babies. Through it all, you're engaged with his odd family, you realize the love and respect Tim has for his father, and you learn how he copes and manages the time travel. It's a bit of a stretch, so you have to suspend reality at times. Nonetheless, the actors make it work and they are so sweet and kind and rather twinkly.

Almost Time is a pleasant way to spend two hours. These are likeable characters. The dialogue is humorous and light. And the message - enjoy your moments, marry someone kind, and appreciate life - is a good one to review for one's own life.