About Time


"There's a song by Baz Luhrmann called Sunscreen. He says worrying about the future is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life will always be things that never crossed your worried mind."

I discovered About Time last year. Since then, it has been lodged in the part of my brain that contains exceptional creations. I handpick these creations from my memory often, a reminder to stay focused on the beauty in everyday life, and more importantly to ignore the voices that say otherwise.

About Time is a story about a man, Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) who learns he can travel back in time. Unlike most of us, who would take advantage financially and/or politically, Tim decides that for him, it will always be about love. After moving to London from Cornwall, he meets Mary (Rachel McAdams) and promptly falls in love. But of course despite having such a power, life will always throw its messy curve balls. At first, I find Tim's character pretty pathetic, albeit endearing. It is only through the downs that he learns to climb up with all his might, and comes out the other side victorious. 

"And then, finally there was Catherine. Katie. Kit Kat. My sister. In a household of sensible jackets and haircuts there was this, well, what can I call her - nature thing. With her elfin eyes, her purple T-shirts and her eternally bare feet. She was then, and still is to me, about the most wonderful thing in the world."

My favourite character, nicknamed Kit Kat (Lydia Wilson) is Tim's sister. I have incredible admiration for Wilson who plays Kit Kat like no one else could. Scenes of her barefoot, embracing the rain, expressing love freely are ones I come back to often. Her uninhibited nature is an inspiration, to say the least.

14th June 2018

Aroob Sajjad