I’m actually surprised it has taken me this long to see this movie. Back on my Movies TO See list in 2013 it took some lazy nights and time off to catch it on Netflix.
Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) lives with his family in Cornwall in a picturesque setting by the sea. Tim had always been awkward around girls, and when his sisters friend comes to stay with them for the summer he does not disappoint. When Tim turns twenty-one, his father (Bill Nighy) reveals a long family secret that the men in the family can travel back in time. They cannot travel forwards in time, and they can only revisit a time and place they have already been. Advising his son that he should not use his gift for things like money and fame Tim chooses to use his ability to find love.
Even after learning of his ability and trying it out, Tim fails to form the connection he had been hoping to with his sisters friend. When the summer is over, with the help of his father’s connections, Tim secures a place to stay in London so he can move to the city and get a job working towards becoming a lawyer. During a night out with his friend, the two go to a Dans Le Noir or Dark Dining, where diners eat their meals in total darkness. It’s at this dinner that Tim meets the sweet and lovely american named Mary (Rachel McAdams). From this moment on everything Tim does is to secure a place for himself in Mary’s life, the love of his life. Tim plays with his abilities and discovers some of the hazards and set backs of time travel.
Though many of us know him better as Bill Weasley, I was so pleased with Domhnall Gleeson’s performance and having much more screen time than he had in any of the Harry Potter films. Co-starring with Rachel McAdams who never fails to please, along with other familiar faces such as Bill Nighy, Lindsay Duncan, Margot Robbie, Lisa Eichhorn and Tom Hollander the characters really do make this movie. You also can’t help but enjoy that this would be the second time Rachel McAdams is attached to a time traveling man. The movie is funny, romantic, engaging and even tugs at your heart strings, together with great character interactions you really can’t go wrong with this one. Coming in at two hours and three minutes the movie is a bit long; however, every last second of the movie is worth it. With the ease and availability of being on Netflix, you really don’t have many excuses left to join the ranks of those who have seen the movie and to see what you have been missing.