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An absolute gem of a British Rom-Com,
This review is from: About Time [DVD]  (DVD)
Absolutely loved this film, teeny tiny bit cliche with the usual Richard Curtis written/directed storyline about a hapless awkward guy in love with a beautiful out-of-his-league girl, but it oh so works.
10+ years ago it would have been Hugh Grant in the lead role, but this gives a relatively unknown actor the chance..and boy does he shine. It's kinda like Sliding Doors but with a very good and genuine funny bone, there are scenes set-up which are humourous and finely written and with the excellent time loop plot it gives Curtis a brilliant chance to reply it in alternative ways making your favourite scenes far more enjoyable. The same goes with the poignant and sad scenes of which there are a few in which Curtis does as good as his well set-up comedic scenes. There are soem heart wrenching moments that are delivered brilliantly (like the funeral in Four Weddings). There are characters everyone can identify with (I'm definitely the troubled 'Kit Kat' of my family - portrayed sensationally by Lydia Wilson) who creates a moment in the movie that changes everything. I'm from Cornwall and I am as pleased as punch that part of this is set there and portrays the place as beautiful and as a haven, for which it is and added far more to it for me. The final thing I have to say is that Tom Hollander's Harry bitter sullen character utterly steals the show in this movie, every single time-no matter how minor or little- he was on screen I was in stitches. I can not praise the actor and the character enough, thanks to him and his character it gets the five stars and not four!
Rachel McAdams deserves alot of credit too, the girl is incapable of choosing bad projects!
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Initial post: 31 Jan 2014 02:20:00 GMT
Good review my ex loved this film.
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Feb 2014 10:55:47 GMT
Reading your review was as if I'd written it (tho I'm a girl) - am also from Cornwall - living away from the area now and it was so lovely to see home. Plus I too am Kit Kat!! Tho I have to mention I loved Bill Nighy too - the relationship btwn him and his son was poignant and touching..
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Feb 2014 13:16:32 GMT
Stephen Mumford says:
Yeah, the Bill Nighy performance goes without saying as he never fails and always delivers, he was a fantatsic piece of casting. It's got to mentioned the funny gag in which the main character chooses his best man...changing it ater every single speech and finally getting to Nighy. The movie just delivers on every level.
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