Thank you to @NYCLaurenBeth for attending the preview of About Time and the interview session. All thoughts and opinions are her own.
Recently I was able to see a preview of the upcoming movie About Time. What a fabulous movie about family relationship bonds between father and son, finding love, time travel and yet so much more. It is about reliving the moment until it is perfect, how you can relive forever and sometimes live only once. You aren’t able to fix everything without consequences. You need to live life the way you want it to be. Time catches up to all of us. Live your extraordinary ordinary life to the fullest and make each day count.
If you are a fan of Love Actually, Notting Hill or Four Weddings and A Funeral then this is a must see for you. If you haven’t then check them out but still see this movie when it comes out in theaters on November 1st in select theaters and everywhere on Nov 8th.
After seeing the movie, I was invited along with a select group for interviews and cocktails with the Writer/ Director Richard Curtis as well as Domhnall Gleeson (Tim) and Bill Nighy (Tim’s Dad). I must say that this group of gentleman were so wonderful to chat with and took the time to shake hands with everyone in attendance and loved hearing the feedback and questions that everyone had to offer.
We were all able to ask questions about the movie or their reactions to some scenes, my question was:
Were there ever parts in the movie where you felt the spouses caught onto the time travel or they felt maybe something was going on with the characters?
Mr. Richard Curtis: Oh, yes.
Mr. Domhnall Gleeson: And there was a longer version of that scene where I kept on trying to leave the room, and she didn’t know why I kept on trying to leave the room, and it was so I could go back in time and make it not happen. And so, that was the only time I think that we thought that maybe she might get an inkling something strange was going on that wasn’t quite the norm. But, I don’t think so really generally.
Mr. Richard Curtis: In fact, my daughter is very unhappy about the fact that it’s only the men who can travel back in time.
Lauren: He tells the sister.
Mr. Richard Curtis: He does tell the sister to save her. My daughter’s idea is she thinks the movie should have ended with the mother and daughter walking out on a beach and then looking at their watch saying, oh no, we’re late for dinner and then flying back. That’s what she wanted to happen in the post credit sequence, so all the men could travel in time and all the women can fly. But, it wasn’t that kind of budget. Otherwise, we would have done it.
Another question I had asked was regarding the overlapping of the father and son’s time travel: it doesn’t occur often and did they feel that they would have liked more scenes of going back in time together?
Bill’s response was perfect: That’s time travel. I’ve been waiting for a question where I could say that’s time travel, and I think I just got it.
Mr. Richard Curtis: No, I think it’s actually probably the restraint, the fact that, that last moment is the moment they both do it together. It felt good in that cupboard, didn’t it?
Mr. Domhnall Gleeson: Yes, and originally, we weren’t going into the cupboard. It was just gonna end up with, well, I’ve got one idea, and then it would click to us on the beach. And I just remember how happy Bill was when we decided that we were going to get to time travel at the same time, that you were going to actually get to go and do the cupboard. We were all very happy.
Mr. Bill Nighy: I was very, very happy time traveling. I only did it once, and I was really happy. Going in a cupboard with Domhnall was very, very satisfying. I also liked the low-fi element. I liked the fact that you didn’t have to wear difficult trousers or get into a machine or speak in ancient tongues or anything. You just went into a wardrobe.
ABOUT TIME Synopsis
For more than three decades, filmmaker Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral) has crafted his signature voice in the world of movies and television, giving audiences unforgettable characters who have alternately allowed us to laugh at our ever-so-human foibles and to share a tear at the extraordinary journeys that accompany our ordinary lives.
Now, with About Time, Curtis gives us his most personal film to date.
At the age of 21, Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) discovers he can travel in time…
The night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim’s father (Bill Nighy) tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Tim can’t change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life—so he decides to make his world a better place…by getting a girlfriend. Sadly, that turns out not to be as easy as you might think.
Moving from the Cornwall coast to London to train as a lawyer, Tim finally meets the beautiful but insecure Mary (Rachel McAdams). They fall in love, then an unfortunate time-travel incident means he’s never met her at all. So they meet for the first time again—and again—but finally, after a lot of cunning time traveling, he wins her heart.
Tim then uses his power to create the perfect romantic proposal, to save his wedding from the worst best-man speeches and to save his best friend from professional disaster. But as his unusual life progresses, Tim finds out that his unique gift can’t save him from the sorrows and ups and downs that affect all families, everywhere. There are great limits to what time travel can achieve, and it can be dangerous, too.
About Time is a comedy about love and time travel, which discovers that, in the end, making the most of life may not need time travel at all.
Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, Tom Hollander, Margot Robbie
Written and Directed by: Richard Curtis
Produced by: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Nicky Kentish Barnes
Executive Producers: Richard Curtis, Liza Chasin, Amelia Granger
In Theaters This November
Dear Photograph Photo Contest
Is there a moment you wish you could relive? ABOUT TIME has partnered withDearPhotograph.com to launch a photo contest tasking fans to submit personal moments they wish they could relive – moments About Love and About Family. One lucky winner will receive a trip for two to the destination of their choice to re-create their DearPhotograph moment in time.
The partnership between Dear Photograph and ABOUT TIME celebrates the storyline themes of the film and the basis in which Dear Photograph was founded – cherishing moments of your life, imperfections and all. Visit AboutTime.DearPhotograph.com to submit your photo! #DearPhotograph #AboutTime