Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones's Diary, Love Actually and A Girl in the Cafe. See any common running thread amongst them? British films. Romantic comedy films. Right on both counts. And, written by Richard Curtis, one of the most successful comedy screenwriters, who has also written a few episodes for the iconic TV series Mr. Bean. With such a repertoire behind him, it is but obvious that the next feature film to have the words 'Written by Richard Curtis' hovering on the poster should pique one's interest. This one has 'Written and directed by Richard Curtis', which makes it all the more interesting.
So here it is... About Time is the name of the next Richard Curtis feature film, starring Domhnall Gleeson (might remember him as Bill Weasley from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), the richly talented Bill Nighy and the ever alluring Rachel McAdams. About Time is a romantic comedy film, as one should have expected by now, but has a sci-fi angle to it as well, which calls for a bit more attention. A brief plot synopsis from wikipedia goes something like this:
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. However, when he accidentally erases the timeline, he must try and win her over again.
Seems there is a bit of Groundhog Day here, mixed with some aspects of The Time Traveler's Wife. Maybe a pinch of 50 First Dates as well (watch the trailer). I would have dismissed this movie initially, but it has the Curtis tag to it along with a lovely first trailer which hits off the right notes as far as the romantic comedy angle is concerned, with the sci-fi aspects adding a bit more fun and appeal to the storyline. About Time is being distributed by Universal Studios and is planned to be released in September 2013 in UK and in November 2013 in USA. Watch the trailer below and figure out for yourself, whether you would want to keep aside time after all for About Time (apologies for the pun!).
And this still from the film is just to bask further in the warmth of the McAdams smile!