I’m always iffy about time-travel movies--there’s always that over-analysis of plot points that strain the willing suspension of disbelief. That being said, this romantic dra-medy employs time-travel as both a comedic device and a catalyst for the life lesson that is the film’s focus. So, in a way, the logic--or lack thereof--of traveling back in time to relive an event is less important than the bigger picture. That’s all a very wordy way of saying, Don’t think too much about it, just enjoy it.
Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) is a kind, unassuming, 'openly ginger' barrister living in London. When he learns he has the ability to travel through time, life gets interesting. He meets the beautiful Mary (Rachel McAdams) and falls for her instantly. But when he time-travels to fix a mishap for a friend, he erases their meeting. He must then employ trial and error to create another romantic opportunity. So his life goes on as he uses his ability to fix peoples’ lives. Tim’s father (Bill Nighy) also possesses the ability, but aside from his love and occasional advice, he leaves Tim to discover the advantages and pitfalls of his gift.
This movie isn’t perfect. Repeated scenes can be tedious and when every chapter can be rewritten, the audience approaches each scenario with a sense of dread. Nevertheless, this film is incredibly profound and heartwarming. It’s not earth-shattering, but it is a witty, entertaining, and touching story--and isn’t that the reason we go to the movies in the first place? It’s a 7.