This is sci-fi, but it’s barely sci-fi. It’s essentially a romantic comedy using sci-fi as a plot device for romcom shenanigans. So I don’t really consider it sci-fi. Even though technically it is. But then again, so is “Groundhog Day”, and I don’t think anyone really considers that sci-fi, right? After all, the way the main character travels through time here is by stepping into a dark closet. That’s kinda, uh, strange.
Anyways, check out the first trailer for Richard Curtis’ “About Time”. It looks sweet enough, and Rachel McAdams is definitely worth constantly traveling through time for. I mean, that smile. Wow. I’d kill Hitler for that smile (even though, apparently, I wouldn’t be able to according to the film’s conceit, which is kind of strange, but whatever).
At the age of 21, Tim is told an incredible family secret by his father: all the men in his family have the ability to relive their past. He can revisit any moment in his life to try things differently until he gets them perfectly right.
He decides to use his special new gift to win the heart of the beautiful Mary, but finds that the course of true love can be hilariously difficult — even with the ability to try, try and try again. And even when everything seems to be going well, an unfortunate twist in time means that he never met Mary at all… While his unique gift might just help him find true love, Tim discovers that it can’t save him from the ups and downs that life brings to everyone. In the end, he finds that making the most of love and life will mean giving up the past and living for the moment.
“About Time” also stars Domhnall Gleeson, Bill Nighy, Tom Hollander, and Margot Robbie.
Opening first in the UK this September 6, 2013, followed by a Stateside release on November 8, 2013.