Thursday, November 7, 2013

About Time: Monday, November 4 2013

About Time is one of the most delightful films I have ever seen. It's about a normal middle-class family, living normal middle-class lives, loving and supporting each other, and enjoying life together. When the young couple falls into bed to make love, not just have sex, the camera discretely leaves the room and closes the door behind itself. What a relief! We are spared the primate couplings that mar too many films.When it finished, my friend, Rosemary, leaned over to me and said, "Awww!". Perfect comment! Definitely a very "feel good" film.

Wikipedia: About Time is a British romantic comedy science fiction film revolving around time travel where a young man tries to change his past to have a better future.[4] Written and directed by Richard Curtis,[5][6] and starring Domhnall Gleeson, as Tim, Rachel McAdams as Mary, Bill Nighy as Tim's father, and Lindsay Duncan as Tim's mother.

The cast is well-chosen. It was such a pleasure to see an normal age range among the actors, from young to old. Each was perfect for the part, and totally believable. The direction was top class, everything was highly competent. Admittedly, this is a slightly idealized version of middle-class life in normal families, but what a good image to hold up to young people as what is possible. I wonder sometimes what young people must pick up from some of the ghastly films about dysfunctional people and families that pass for entertainment nowadays.

I predict that the reviewers will have a hard time with this film. No violence, no explicit sex, no swearing, no conflict between characters, no obvious botox, everyone loving everyone else. Just normal people, leading normal lives, and a magical film with the very wise message of think about life, and enjoy it, as we only go through it once. The people in our lives are our true treasure, and we need to look after our relationships, putting forward our best side and simply loving others. Timeless messages, but worth remembering and applying to our own lives.

What better message can be given to young people? Should film makers think about the impression their films might make on impressionable young people? There are so many things we could say to young people: what might you say in a film?

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