I knew this would happen. I would decide to start a blog and figure out a date to launch it, only to read or watch something that I just had to share my thoughts on.
Yesterday, my husband and I went to see About Time (Rated R) at Collins Road Theatres, a locally owned theatre that we have been attending for 10 years (Happy Anniversary, Bruce!). There wasn't much buzz about this movie; it seemed to be flying under the radar. At least one review, I read didn't rate the movie very favorably (see the last paragraph). However, I'm a sucker for time travel (Don't worry, Dennis, I'm working a review of Traveler!) and wanted to see the movie.
After watching it, and holding back tears through most of the movie, I can see why there isn't a lot of buzz. It's not your typical science-fiction-time-travel movie. There are no real, mind-bending consequences to traveling back in time. And it's not your typical romantic tragedy--no Romeo and Juliet moments here. And it's not your typical romantic comedy--the guy and girl don't have an awful, totally avoidable misunderstanding and laugh about it as they make up at the end. The plot of the movie is very simple. It's a movie about taking time to appreciate what you have in this very moment in time. That's all. Pure and simple. If you've seen Our Town and can recall the final act when Emily goes back to watch the morning of her 12th birthday, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about.
So if you need a quick reminder about the good and simple things in life like your husband lifting you off the ground in the kitchen as he cooks dinner just to make you laugh or kitty kisses when you get home after a rough day at work, check out About Time. It's a gentle reminder to "live life as if there were no second chances."
"Oh, earth, you're too wonderful
for anybody to realize you.”
Our Town, Thornton Wilder
P.S. I loved the soundtrack, too!
If you live in the greater Cedar Rapids area, the movie is currently playing at Collins Road Theatres. The ticket prices are the best price in town and it's the only theatre in town with REAL BUTTER for your popcorn.