I'm always glad I'm not a film critic, nor required to see film for a living, because then I feel you lose some of your wonderment and love of filmmaking due to becoming jaded. I know it happened after I ran a short film festival for five years and it took me years to recover.
Now, without that pressure or requirement, I see films I want to see, when I want to see them, and skip those I have no interest in, or desire to waste my time with.
As a result, you almost always see me sitting alone during a romcom, action, or psychological thriller because oftentimes I see films spur of the moment and rarely plan ahead. It's whatever strikes my mood or psyche at the moment.
I also like to see films the first weekend they open to avoid being tainted by what critics and everyone else says about them, wanting my experience to be as pure as possible.
That's why I also will sit in the closer rows of a theater to get away from people who talk and text or otherwise annoy me. I avoid hearing people's chatter as they leave at the end of a movie by sitting through all the credits too.
Plus, I like to read where a film was shot, which of my friends or colleagues might have participated, what elements and departments were required, and what music was played to set the mood. (Normally I'm oftentimes the only person left in the theater, although lately, more and more people stay too.)
In other words, I absorb the movie going experience.
That is why, when I read an Australian critic's view of About Time, I felt almost personally affronted by his casual dismissal of a film I really enjoyed. I felt his desire to have it be more logical and factual on the essence of time travel stripped it of it's magical and lovely qualities.
Yes, going back in time to improve upon your courting techniques is silly, and perhaps manipulative, but haven't you ever wished you could retract something you said, or something (or someone) you did?:) I know I have which is why I was swept away into this make believe world happily and without reservation.
I go to the movies to escape reality, not face it like so many others might when they make their ticket choices. I want to be transported to another place and time and forget whatever is going on in my life at the moment. Perhaps that's why my decisions to see a film aren't pre-meditated or planned ahead, but impulse decisions.
This past week has been filled with doctor visits, DMV frustrations and important business decisions to be made which became overwhelming in my physical state. Now that I've received medication, wise counsel, and good next steps, I feel much more balanced and ready to face whatever life might throw at me yet again.
(Never let a doctor scare you into having an unnecessary surgery and always get a second opinion is all I have to say. Surgery isn't happening any time soon or ever, if all goes as expected. Whew!:)
I needed an escape from my reality Friday. After a missed connection with a friend to attend a party together that night, decided it was time to see a film and forget about my life for a few hours.
I hate reviews which tell you all the scenes you will love if seen in the theater apart from someone else describing them and won't do that now to you.
However, suffice it to say, I loved the dorky courting and bedding, difficult love decision, hilarious wedding, and family relationships that aren't normally explored in film any more.
Family relationships that is.
It's like people come into this world without families and none of their relationships matter in storytelling lately. To watch the love between the father and the son in this film was truly beautiful and heartwarming. I have always loved Bill Nighy's acting and even more so after seeing him in this film.
He is nuanced, loving, wry and conveys so much simply by virtue of his expressive face and lanky body.
I was enchanted watching him in About Time as I always am. He embodied wisdom, wit, charm and love in ways not normally reflected in film, expect perhaps in The Way, Way Back (another film I adored and recommend you see.)
I had originally thought the film was simply another love story between Rachel McAdams and his character, and was pleasantly surprised to learn she played a rather minor part in the overall theme.
This film was more about life choices and decisions we make within our families which impact our whole lives which may be why it resonated with me so deeply. I rarely cry, but actually left the theatre and cried all the way home (all 15 minutes) which felt good to release all my pent-up emotions.
Every so often we all need a good cry to move through our current situations and get rid of toxins. The next day I felt much better I assure you.:)
Yes, it's a syrupy love story too, but it's so much more than that and the time travel is used sparingly enough to make it special and fun to watch. I also loved watching the love story between Rachel and Domhnall develop because it's fun to live vicariously.
Because as the film says, "For me, it was always going to be all about love."
I hope you take the time to see it and share your thoughts below. I would love to hear. But don't just take my word for it, Britist Actress Emma Watson loved it too!:)
I do think it's a chick flick and more women will get it than men, if my new Australian film critic Twitter "friend" is any indication, but I do hope men will see it too simply for the father/son relationship. If you had a good relationship with your father it may resonate with you more, but even if yours is strained, it's still beautiful and heartwarming.
I loved this film.
And to motivate you even more, here's the trailer: