About Time trailer, Curtis' sci-fi comedy
The writer and director Richard Curtis isn't often associated with science fiction, in fact not at all, he's usually more the natural and hilarious comedy that touches the heart guy, and in a way he's still doing that with his new science fiction film.
About Time, which shouldn't be confused with In Time, is about a family whose men can all time travel and as the son becomes twenty-one so the father imparts the family secret on him and he begins to learn what he can do, and what he can't do.
About Time carries a pretty large blurb and on reading it I think it gives a little too much away, there aren't any great reveals it just seems to outline too much of the story. So let me pick and choose the bits that are really needed:
At the age of 21, Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) discovers he can travel in time…
The night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim's father (Bill Nighy) tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Tim can't change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life-so he decides to make his world a better place...by getting a girlfriend. Sadly, that turns out not to be as easy as you might think.
Moving from the Cornwall coast to London to train as a lawyer, Tim finally meets the beautiful but insecure Mary (Rachel McAdams). They fall in love, then an unfortunate time-travel incident means he's never met her at all.
[Let me interject here - Richard] Tim then uses his powers to try and win her back and then create the perfect romance, the perfect proposal and the perfect marriage together. However for every action there's a reaction. His Dad warned him about the butterfly effect and of the limitations and time travel can't escape the way life is. [Back to the official one - Richard]
But as his unusual life progresses, Tim finds out that…[Another edit - Richard]…there are great limits to what time travel can achieve, and it can be dangerous too. About Time is a comedy about love and time travel, which discovers that, in the end, making the most of life may not need time travel at all.
Right, I think that's a better blurb than the one I first read, which seems more like the outline to sell a script in the first place, telling you pretty much how the story is going to play out.
The good news is that the trailer doesn't do that, it does set-up the big conundrum that he faces and it builds it well, plus it's got all the same style of natural humour and characterisation that you would expect with a Richard Curtis film, in other words it looks great.
Here's the trailer through TrailerAddict for About Time which stars Domhnall Gleeson (yes, the son of the cracking actor Brendan Gleeson), Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, Tom Hollander, Lee Asquith-Coe, Lindsay Duncan, and more.
I'm in, just because of Nighy and Richard Curtis to be honest.