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Once again a year has passed without the 21 year old Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) finally once had luck with the opposite sex. But then the shy boy learns from his father (Bill Nighy) a family secret that not only could end his bachelorhood, but could turn his entire life completely upside down: all the men in his family have the ability to travel back in time within their respective lifespans. This does not require a time machine, but simply a dark, quiet place to concentrate on when you want to return. Even though Tim himself can't land on his first big love with this ability, time travel proves to be very helpful for him again and again. When he gets to know and love the enchanting Mary (Rachel McAdams) after his move to London, he also has to learn that this ability doesn't only bring advantages. When he helps his landlord, the playwright Harry (Tom Hollander), to prevent a catastrophic breakdown at the premiere of his new play, his first meeting with Mary is prevented. Worse still, she actually fell in love with another guy. But Tim doesn't admit defeat. Mary is his great love and he will make her fall in love with him too - it's all just a matter of time…
Ob as an author of movies like "Notting Hill" or "Four Weddings and a Death". and as the director of "Tatsächlich…Liebe", Richard Curtis has always perfectly understood how to spice up unrestrained sentimental romance with wonderful British humour of a particularly dry kind and at the same time create adorably eccentric characters. These strengths also characterize his latest romantic comedy "Alles eine Frage der Zeit", which has again become an extremely charming, funny and at the same time extremely heartfelt work.
This very special journey through time is carried by an actor ensemble that has been harmoniously selected up to small supporting roles and can convince with good-humoured and very charming performances. Although Domhnall Gleeson doesn't look like the typical romantic movie hero at first glance, he quickly proves to be the perfect cast for the somewhat clumsy but extremely loveable Tim. If Tim, after learning about his ability to travel in time, tries everything without success to win the heart of the beautiful Charlotte (Margot Robbie), then he succeeds at least with the spectators. It's also helpful that not only between him and the time-travel experienced Rachel McAdams ("The Time Traveler's Wife"), but also between Gleeson and the once again wonderful Bill Nighy is perfect. Because "Alles eine Frage der Zeit" is not only a very nice love story, but also a heart-warming father-son story, which could bring tears to the eyes of some viewers at the end.
The handwriting of Richard Curtis is unmistakable almost throughout the film. From the selection of the soundtrack over a montage summarizing several months, which strongly reminds of a scene from "Notting Hill" up to the final minute, which stylistically reminds of the end of "Tatsächlich…Liebe", all this is typical Curtis. But the fact that the author and filmmaker doesn't really reinvent himself is anything but negative. Because Curtis is simply a master of his trade and as long as a movie like this comes out in the end, he can always copy himself again and again.
No matter whether it's the wonderful drawing of the characters (Tom Hollander's eccentric stage author Harry, for instance, is simply great), the wordplay that still works well even in German dubbing, or the pictorial language characterized by an uninhibited sentimentality, Curtis simply manages perfectly to carry the viewer away for two hours from the grey everyday life into a fairy-tale world that somehow feels real despite all over-stylisation. "Alles eine Frage der Zeit" is not a film for cynics or for viewers who value extreme realism. It is pure escapism for all unrestrained romantics and a must for all fans of "Tatsächlich…Liebe". And in the end it should be the same for many other viewers as it is for me: after the credits you want to retreat to a dark place, concentrate on the beginning of the movie to travel there just to see the whole thing again. Absolutely worth seeing]
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