As a writer and more recently a director, Richard Curtis has warmed the cockles of the nation’s heart with his rose-tinted romantic comedies .
And his latest offering, ‘About Time’ is purportedly his final film (as director - he’ll carry on writing) and it is a fittingly amusing and heartbreaking swansong.
Set largely in London with occasional forays to the picturesque Cornish coast, this bittersweet romcom concerns not only saying goodbye to the people you love, but also bidding farewell to childhood and the safety net of a parent’s guiding hand.
Shortly after he turns 21 years old, nice guy Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) is ushered into the office of his father (Bill Nighy) for a revealing heart-to-heart.
His father reveals that Tim harks from a long line of male time travellers, who can go back along their own timeline to correct past mistakes and relive fond memories. So, with the benefit of time travel, Tim corrects wrinkles in his current relationship and romance blossoms.
However, every correction risks ripples through time and Tim learns that there are some imperfections which must never be smoothed.