I think in any other case I would roll my eyes at a movie like About Time, but I’m an absolute sucker for time travel stories, and although it’s use is very simplistic, the time travel is a very effective narrative tool which elevates the movie above the normal rom-com fair. The film is utterly charming from beginning to end, in a safe way, but as a purely entertaining work the “easiness” of the story can be overlooked, even if sometimes the film’s attempts at emotional manipulation can rub the wrong way. As usual Domhnall Gleeson is utterly delightful and awkward, star of the show, and Bill Nighy gives a fun performance with great chemistry with Gleeson (as does the rest of the ensemble), but what a trifecta it would’ve been had Rachel McAdams been given a less bland character to work with.