About Time is by far the best romantic movie I’ve watched – and I say this as someone who has always been indifferent towards great romantic stories like the Titanic or The Notebook. Sweet, light-hearted, serious, funny, all at the same time – and I guess a romantic movie isn’t complete without one finding themselves balling in tears. All these emotions are provoked for atypical reasons unlike the usual romantic film, which is only one of the reasons why this film appealed to me so much! Although I’m sure there were plenty, the clichés go unnoticed. There was love and death, but not the Juliet & Romeo kind. There was time-travel, but not the Time Traveler’s Wife kind (albeit that was also a great movie). About Time explored much more than love between lovers, it was also explored love between family and friends through the concept of time-travel and fate. At first the movie might come across as quite artificial – where only the men in the family happen to possess the gift of time-travel. But if we can see beyond this, the film’s values become more apparent. The protagonist learns that although time-travel can be useful in changing major events in life, sometimes a compromise must be made. Instead he used time-travel to teach himself how to live every day like he would if he had time-traveled back to make improvements.
The film made fresh, what today has made trite – live every day like it’s your last / live in the moment / we only live once.
We’re all travelling through time together, every day of our lives. All we can do is do our best to relish this remarkable ride.