Since it’s valentines weekend I thought I’d share with you a review of my favourite romantic comedy feature. I’ll share with you the reasons why I always go back to this film if I’m stuck for something to watch.
This feature is written and directed by Richard Curtis and it focuses on the Lake family who live in a picturesque area of Cornwall, England. The night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, 21 year old Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson), discovers he can travel in time. Tim’s father (Bill Nighy) tells his son that the men in his family have always had this ability. However there are some rules; Tim can’t change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life. And so he decides to make his world a better place – by getting a girlfriend.
But this turns out not to be as easy as you might think. Tim moves from the Cornwall coast to London to train as a lawyer, where he finally meets the beautiful but insecure Mary (Rachel McAdams). They fall in love, but then an unfortunate time-travel incident means he’s never met her at all. Finally, after a lot of cunning time-traveling, he wins her heart.
But as his unusual life progresses, Tim finds out that his unique gift can’t save him from the sorrows and ups and downs that affect all families, everywhere. There are great limits to what time travel can achieve and it can be dangerous too.
This film is so overwhelmingly heartwarming not just because of the story between Tim and Mary, but also because of the relationships demonstrated between the Lake family. They’re all presented as being unique in their own ways but at the same time manage to be totally and completely happy. It’s a real shame that is the last time Curtis will direct a feature but it’s definitely the right film to end an era with.
Happy Valentines to you all and remember that valentines isn’t just about you and your partner, but can also be about your family and friends around you. I think that’s one of the most important messages of this feature. Thanks for reading 🙂