Hello again readers!
We’ve reached the halfway point of this challenge! It is also a brand new week for this 30 Day Movie Challenge and, as mentioned in my previous post, I realise that this is the first in a long string of “favourite categories”.
This time around it will be all about my favourite romantic movie. And I realised something before beginning this post, and that is I’ve already touched upon this topic before in a post I made on “10 of My Favourite Unconventional Romantic Movies“. I suggest you go read this list as it contains some of my top contenders for favourite romantic movie, which included Little Manhattan and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.
But I realised that my current favourite romantic movie is not on that list yet. So let me introduce it to you now …
I constantly get this movie confused with In Time which stars Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried because of how similar the titles are.
But that aside, there is no inkling of a doubt that Richard Curtis’ About Time is currently my favourite romantic movie. It stars, as the leading couple, Rachel McAdams, the queen of romantic movies herself, and Domhnall Gleeson, you may recognise him as Bill Weasley from the Harry Potter franchise, as Mary and Tim respectively.
Tim, at the age of 21, discovers from his father that the men in his family have the ability to travel in time by going into a dark room, preferably a cupboard and then squeezing their eyes shut, their palms clenched and picturing the time which they want to
Now, I often have immediate gripes about the laws of time travel, but the truth is that, for this film, if you’re going to harp on the details of Tim’s time travel, you are definitely missing the bigger picture. The bigger picture is that time travel is a vehicle to tell a story of a man doing whatever he can to get the girl of his dreams and realising, almost when it is too late, that there are some things in life that cannot be preserved or saved but should instead be cherished within the time given for it to be appreciated instead.
Tim: And in the end I think I’ve learned the final lesson from my travels in time; and I’ve even gone one step further than my father did: The truth is I now don’t travel back at all, not even for the day, I just try to live every day as if I’ve deliberately come back to this one day, to enjoy it, as if it was the full final day of my extraordinary, ordinary life.
First and foremost, I remember being skeptical about Tim’s character at first. I was guilty of the socially-indoctrinated mindset of “Why him?” Why would Mary or Charlotte (played by the gorgeous Margot Robbie of Wolf of Wall Street) fall for a guy like him? You know how you see a couple and you wonder which one was “the settler”?
I was at first hesitant to like Tim as a character – or more like I was hesitant to like the actor they chose for Tim. His eyelashes were too light it was disconcerting, his face was so pale and he looked like he was going to faint any second.
But as the story progressed there was something Gleeson lent to Tim that was humbling: a sincerity to his words. Agreed, you can have a good script and let those words speak for itself – but words spoken of love with sentiment requires an actor that is sensitive to the emotions behind them. I feel as though Gleeson achieved just that, and that was when I realised that the casting was not off, it was brilliant:
Tim: I know you’ve probably suspected this, but over the last month, I’ve fallen completely in love with you. Now, obviously this was going to happen because you’re a goddess with that face, and that hair. But even if you didn’t have a nice face, and even if you had absolutely no hair because of some bizarre medical reason, I’d still adore you. And I wondered if, by any chance, you shared my feelings?
What I also loved about this romantic film is that it did not stop when Tim got the girl. No, the prize was not a girlfriend, it was a wife and a family and kids and a house and the rest of their lives beyond that.
And that is when you know a romantic movie has its head on straight, when it does not attempt to portray a happily ever after. It does not show family life as easy, which I appreciated. Heck, it did not even portray an ideal wedding setting. Mary did not wear a white dress and it rained cats and dogs on their big day, sending things flying in a turmoil. They screamed and fought and felt like letting go. But they stuck through it together. And at the end of the movie you really felt like you lived a lifetime with them.
And, going back to Tim, by the end of the film, you really do appreciate the unconventional casting of the male lead. Personally it is tiring to watch a good looking hunk get a good looking girl. It’s easy to put McAdams with Ryan Gosling, Eric Bana, Robert Downey Jr or Channing Tatum. But the true testament to McAdams skills was how endearing she was with Domhnall Gleeson. Frankly, I’d choose this couple over the other lot any day. Yes, that’s right, I prefer the understated Tim and Mary to The Notebook‘s Noah and Allie.
So I’ll be back tomorrow for my favourite teen movie. For now, do check out Rhey of Sunshine’s blog! Her post for today will be late though, she’s not feeling too well. Go to her blog and tell her to get well soon!