Viewers who can’t handle extreme sentiment and time-travel paradoxes are advised to stay away from today’s Cable Pick, Richard Curtis’ 2013 time-travel love story About Time. But those who can handle a little messing with the timeline and a lot of heartstring-pulling will be rewarded with a strange little curio of a movie that’s as interesting for its flaws as its assets. Starring Domhnall Gleeson (Frank) as a sensitive bloke named Tim with a genetic ability to travel back in time to correct his mistakes, About Time functions as a paean to love in its many forms—familial, fraternal, communal, and romantic. It’s least successful in the latter realm, getting into some weird implications regarding the love story between Gleeson’s and Rachel McAdams’ characters, but it makes up for it with a plotline involving Bill Nighy as the patriarch who hands down this genetic superpower to Tim. Like Curtis’ much-loved/hated Love Actually, About Time doesn’t hold off on the schmaltz, but there’s a strong current of humor and genuine emotion giving the treacle a little extra charge—and its unique take on time-travel is revolutionary in how it engages with the desires that motivate its protagonist to muck up the timeline. Viewers in need of a good cry, or maybe just a little positivity about this crazy world we live in, are advised to put their hearts on their sleeves and tune to HBO Comedy at 10:30 p.m. Eastern.
March 25, 2015 Cable Pick Of The Day