After dominating the landscape of British middle-of-the-road romcoms, Notting Hill and Four Weddings writer Richard Curtis returns with just his third film as director.
Fortunately, About Time is more coherent and less stick-your-fingers-down-your-t hroat than either of its predecessors, Love Actually or The Boat That Rocked. Yes, it’s a romance, but one that feels a little more soulful.
While McAdams is rather bland, making you wonder just why Tim would go to all the time-bending trouble for her, the big draw here is Gleeson, who manages his first major lead with aplomb. A charming presence – and more down-to-earth than Hugh Grant could ever hope to be – he’d have made an excellent Doctor Who.