If you could go back and re-do certain moments of your life, would you? That is the question the lovely new film “About Time” asks and answers for its main character Tim.
This is NOT another silly British romantic comedy. I found it funny, enthralling, and thought-provoking in a very good way!
Tim discovers at age 21, from his father, played wonderfully by Bill Nighy, that he can go back and re-do certain moments of his life to change outcomes.
This of course complicates matters incredibly, but also helps him get the girl of his dreams (Rachel McAdams), develop a successful career, and appreciate every single day of life as he ages.
As I thought about this later, I realized I wouldn’t so much like to re-do parts of my life, but I do enjoy how certain important memories get embellished by time. In fact, I often realize how important certain memories are, as they stand the test of time.
What makes certain moments magical?
I believe moments become indelible when they cause us to feel special in this world. My best memories ever are those when I felt chosen by others for special treatment, like Christmas and falling in love. I also remember what I call “zen moments” where I happened to be in the right place at exactly the right time to experience the best that life has to offer.
One of these happened in the Andes when I was in Ecuador this past September, a golden moment of pure perfection that could not have been predicted or created.
As we age, we begin to realize exactly how rare these moments are, and appreciate them even more so, when we happen upon them. Go see this movie!