The beauty of the science fiction genre (or any genre for that matter) is that it doesn’t have to be confined by its tropes. They can bleed into other genres to make something fresh and exciting. Enter Richard Curtis, the writer of wonderful British romantic comedies such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones’s Diary, and Love Actually, who has stepped into sci-fi territory with his new time travel romantic comedy, About Time.
About Time is the follow-up to Richard Curtis’ last directorial effort, The Boat That Rocked (Pirate Radio), and follows Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson), a 21-year-old young man who discovers the family secret: they can travel through time. His father (Bill Nighy) reveals the secret to him, but also tells him the limitations of the special ability. He can’t change history, but can change his own life. Tim uses his newly discovered power like any 21-year-old young man would: he tries to get a girlfriend when he meets Mary (Rachel McAdams). Unfortunately, he accidentally erases the timeline and must try to win Mary’s heart all over again.
The premise sounds like Love Actually meets Groundhog Day, which doesn’t sound bad at all. The trailer looks really good, and considering Richard Curtis’ past work, About Time has the potential to be charming, witty, and adorable. The romantic comedy genre can run stale and routine, but Curtis’ brand of romantic comedies is quite the opposite, they are so full of life and sharp humor. About Time also features Tom Hollander, Vanessa Kirby, Margot Robbie, Rowena Diamond, and Catherine Steadman.
About Time will open in the U.K. on September 6th, but will open in the U.S. two months later, on November 8th. Check out About Time’s poster below: