|Sign In | Shopping Cart | Subscribe to RSS Feed|
Search our database of more than 4,500 film reviews. We have been discovering spiritual meanings in movies for nearly four decades.
By Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Directed by Richard Curtis
Universal Studios 11/13 DVD/VHS Feature Film
R – language, some sexual content
Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) lives at home in Cornwall with his father (Bill Nighy), a retired professor; his mother (Lindsay Duncan) who loves to putter around in the garden; his younger sister Kit Kat (Lydia Wilson); and Uncle D (Richard Cordery) who has trouble remembering things. On his 21st birthday, his dad tells him that all the men in the family have inherited a capacity to time travel: to revisit moments in the past and change the mistakes they have made. Tim, a lonely person who hasn't had much success in relationships with women, heads off to start his career in London as a lawyer. He takes a room in the home of Harry (Tom Hollander), a distant relative who is a playwright and a very cynical person.
Tim gets a chance to time travel after he meets Mary (Rachel McAdams), a publisher's reader from the United States. He revisits the past in order to steal her away from another boyfriend and to prove himself as a great lover when they have sex. He follows his father's orders to keep his unusual gift a secret even from Mary who accepts his proposal of marriage. Tim has a "good heart," as his dad tells those who will listen, and takes trips to the past to help out Harry, to put Kit Kat's confused and self-destructive life in turnaround, and to express his deep gratitude to his father.
Richard Curtis has had a long career as a writer and is responsible for the screenplays of Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, and War Horse. His first film as a director was Pirate Radio; this is the second one he has written and directed. This combination romantic comedy and time-travel movie contains some very funny lines and scenes. Curtis wants us to see Tim's trips to the past as a ticket to a spiritual appreciation of the present moment where all of us are graced with a chance to marvel at the abundant wonders of everyday life, such as playing table tennis, performing a kindness for a flustered friend, and not getting bent out of shape by a torrential downpour on your wedding day.
Gleeson and McAdams come across on the screen as a contented couple, and Gleeson and Nighy convincingly convey the love and high-regard that lies behind the touching relationship between Tim and his father. It has been a long time since we have seen such a positive father and son portrait in a feature film.
Special features on the Blu-Ray/DVD include deleted scenes with intros by director Richard Curtis; a blooper reel: "Making Movies is a serious Business"; Ellie Goulding "How Long Will I Love You?" music video; plus Blu-ray exclusives:; About Tim and time travel; the look, style and locations; the world of Richard Curtis.
Screened at The 51st New York Film Festival, October 2013.
Films Now Showing
Recent VHS/DVD Releases
Reviews and database copyright © 1970 – 2012
by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
The Most Spiritually Literate Films of:
Other Time-Travel Flicks:
• Back to the Future
• Donnie Darko
• Groudhog Day
• The Kid
• Men in Black III
• Midnight in Paris
• The Navigator
• Peggy Sue Got Married
• Safety Not Guaranteed
• Star Trek