Time. There never seems to be enough of it. Or is there?
Some films are hits, others misses. I think we can safely say About Time falls squarely into the misses category, but why?
Written and directed by Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Mr. Bean, Blackadder, Notting Hill, Doctor Who, War Horse, The Vicar of Dibley, Four Weddings and a Funeral, etc.).
Romance, family, comedy, drama, love, time travel, hope, loss – what else did it need? Well, maybe about a half hour less.
Superb cast? Definitely.
Domhnall Gleeson (Bill Weasley in Harry Potter movies; also in: Sensation; When Harvey Met Bob, Anna Karenina; Frank; and cast in Star Wars Episode VII; and cool, Mad-Eye Moody, Brendan Gleeson is his dad),
Bill Nighy (from, well, anything he’s ever been in, he’s just a joy to watch),
Rachel McAdams (The Notebook; The Time Traveler’s Wife, yes, she’s done this before; Slings and Arrows; Mean Girls; Wedding Crashers, etc.),
Tom Hollander (Pride and Prejudice; American Dad!; Gosford Park; Pirates of the Caribbean; etc.),
About Time made me laugh, smile, nod understandingly, smirk, roll my eyes, and one scene even reduced me to quietly sobbing into a cushion.
Maybe the timing was just perfect for me, because I’m waiting for my favourite Time Lord to return for the Doctor Who, Series 8 première (Deep Breath, written by Steven Moffat) – just a week away.
While I’m extremely eager, I’m also a little apprehensive, it’s a new doctor, another regeneration.
I’m barely over David Tennant leaving and was enjoying Matt Smith’s childlike exuberance.
Now Peter Capaldi will be The Doctor.
Like any other regeneration we’ll have to wait and see.
But I digress…
Imagine if you could travel back to any given point in your timeline and have a do over. Think about it, a moment you made a terrible choice; something you said or did that hurt someone; poor judgment; or to a moment when you knew something horrible was going to happen to you or a loved one.
You could use this power to make your life the way you want it to be.
I can easily think of many times I would return to, wrongs I would right, problems I would avoid, choices I would change. Then I think, but at what cost? Even if it didn’t do anything catastrophic, would it change the way I live each moment, knowing that I can have a second, third, fourth, unlimited time to change it?
There is no Take 2 in real life, so live each day as best you can and enjoy the time you have.
But by all means, if you get the chance to travel with say, a Time Lord…do it!