‘About Time’ Trailer Premiere Has Rachel McAdams Falling for a Time Traveler (Again)

Kara Warner
Senior Reporter
Movie Talk
Rachel McAdams in 'About Time'
Rachel McAdams in 'About Time'

How about brightening up your day with a little romance of the cinematic variety? We’re not talking about the run-of-the-mill, formulaic rom-com, but something original and slightly fantastical, like the trailer debut of a movie brought to us by the creator of “Love Actually” and “Notting Hill.” Join us as we take a moment to enjoy a first look at the romantic comedy “About Time,” starring Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy and up-and-comer Domhnall Gleeson (aka Bill Weasley from the “Harry Potter” movies).

Watch the exclusive trailer premiere for 'About Time':

The trailer opens with our introduction to Tim, a slightly awkward hopeless romantic, who is the hero of this particular story. On Tim’s 21st birthday his father (Nighy) informs him of a particularly incredible gift that he and his other male family members possess: the ability to travel through time and re-live specific regrettable life moments again and again until they are perfect.

All it takes to accomplish this monumental feat is a dark room, clenched fists and concentration, by the way, and after an appropriate amount of disbelief displayed by Tim upon hearing the news, he is off to test out his ability in re-making moments perfect for the sole purpose of finding his true love. Enter Mary (McAdams), who Tim woos via a series of repeated attempts at making the perfect first impression, having perfect first-time sex, generally sweeping Mary off her feet.

Now like all things that are too good to be true, so is Tim’s family gift and we learn that in the “About Time” movie matrix, Tim cannot re-live all moments without consequences. From what we can tell from how the trailer presents this key component to the story, Tim loses his first-ever meet with Mary after he intervenes (or attempts to intervene?) in a family emergency and has to find her and make her fall in love with him all over again.

Plenty of intrigue in this one to draw in the romantic movie fans, particularly with “Love Actually” writer/director Richard Curtis at the helm and McAdams and Nighy at his side. This is familiar territory for McAdams, almost curiously so. Not only is she a veteran of the romantic movie genre, but also because she’s played a love interest to a time traveler in “The Time Traveler’s Wife” and a woman whose husband has to remind her how they fell in love in “The Vow.”

It will be very interesting to see the similarities play out in the full-length film, or if they do at all. With regard to Nighy, it’s hard to imagine a more delightful scene-stealer than his aging rocker Billy Mack in Curtis’ “Love Actually,” but it looks like he has some heartfelt and moving work to do here in “About Time.” And as for Gleeson (son of actor Brendan Gleeson), his Tim seems like someone who will be easy to root for, not just because we loved him as Bill Weasley.

About Time” hits theaters November 8.