Just watched About Time, I would put a spoiler warning here but I think the only real way to spoil it is to watch it.
I honestly wanted to enjoy it, but just couldn’t connect to it all. The characters all felt completely unrelatable the storyline was unimaginative, and oh goodness the plot holes….
I understand it’s very hard to do time travel without plot holes (Twelve Monkeys being the exception that proves the rule) but this was almost as bad as Looper.
The worst thing about About Time for me though, was the clumsy ham-fisted sentimentality. Don’t get me wrong I love a good cry at a film. However, I appreciate a certain subtlety, not what felt like Mister Curtis pummeling you with a croquet mallet with emotion written on it yelling “LOOK, YOU KNOW ALL OF THE UNBRIDLED HAPPINESS WE’VE HAD IN THIS FILM? WELL YOU SHOULD BE SAD NOW HIS DAD HAS CANCER AND LOOK THERE’S LOTS OF SAD SONGS AND NOW HE’S VISITING HIS DEAD DAD FROM THE FUTURE AND THEY ARE HAVING A SAD MOMENT BE MORE SAD I WANT TO SEE YOUR TEARS BILL NIGHY IS DEAD NOW AND OH LOOK UPLIFTING ENDING WITH VOICEOVER SAYING EVERYTHING IS ALL RIGHT AND A MONTAGE OF PEOPLE ENJOYING LIFE AND THIS WILL MAKE YOU HAPPY AGAIN BUT IN A SAD WAY SO YOU’RE STILL CRYING AT MY CLUMSY WRITING.
I can’t help but feel they missed out on a really good movie about a time travelling lawyer who rewrites time to help him win cases. Oh, and them he can come up against a rival lawyer with time travel powers, and they are locked in a battle of wits to try and time-travel-checkmate each other. That sounds much better.
"Everybody has a secret world inside of them. All of the people of the world, I mean everybody. No matter how dull and boring they are on the outside, inside them they’ve all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds. Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands maybe."