Richard Curtis puts happiness through time travel in 'About Time'

Wed Oct 30, 2013 4:36pm EDT
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By Patricia Reaney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Director Richard Curtis' latest film "About Time," a time-traveling romantic comedy, began with a conversation between old friends about happiness and what would make a perfect final day.

After writing hit films such as "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and "Notting Hill," and directing "Love Actually," the 56-year-old New Zealand-born filmmaker said he was at a time in his life when he realized it would be a normal day with family, friends doing what he usually does.

In "About Time" Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson plays Tim Lake, a charming, insecure young lawyer trying to find his way in life and love, who can travel back in time and comes to the same conclusion.

"I've tried to really write a film that isn't only just about friends and love but about family and children and about losing members of your family, and about protecting members of your family," Curtis said about the movie that opens in U.S. theaters on Friday.

The film reunites actor Billy Nighy, who appeared in "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" and "Love Actually," with Curtis. He plays Lake's father, who tells his 21-year-old son that the men in the family can travel through time to revisit and change events in their own lives.

"About Time" is a bit of a departure for Curtis, whose earlier romantic comedies, although witty and tender, were grounded in reality. But the director thought the best way to show how special an ordinary day could be would be to invent someone who could change what happened in his own life.


In addition to Gleeson, who appeared in "Anna Karenina" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," the film also stars Rachel McAdams, of "The Notebook" and "The Time Traveler's Wife," as Mary, Lake's love interest.   Continued...

Director Richard Curtis arrives for a reception for the British Film Industry held by Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip at Windsor Castle, southern England April 4, 2013. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor