Romance lovers and Richard Curtis superfans, rejoice! The writer-director who turned you into a weepy puddle with Love Actually and got you stuck saying “oopsie daises” after Notting Hill is back. And Curtis’ latest film, About Time, delivers a sweet take on an unusual subject: time travel.
Starring frequent Curtis collaborator, Bill Nighy, frequent time travel subject, Rachel McAdams, and newcomer Domhnall Gleeson, About Time is the perfect fall movie dessert after some devastating (yet important!) entrees (Gravity, Captain Phillips, 12 Years a Slave). It’s been a stressful month at the movies, so we welcome a heartfelt release and adorable British accents. (Edit note: we welcome British accents year-round, too.) For everything you need to know about the film, check out our helpful list of talking points, below.
1. Domhnall Gleeson shares your taste in movies.
What responsible actor wouldn’t familiarize himself with his costar’s work? And what kind of human iceberg can withstand The Notebook without shedding a tear?
2. It’s a time travel movie, but that doesn’t mean it’s science-fiction.
In the words of Nighy, About Time is “low-fi.” There are no gadgets or contraptions required, and the characters are not venturing back, back, way back to the Crusades or the Victorian Era. “I was grateful that you didn’t have to wear difficult clothing or get into a machine, speak in ancient tongues,” he told VH1. Rather than cheat space and time, the crux of the film is about revisiting moments from your past–or playing your cards right to craft an ideal future–with the people you love.
3. Bill Nighy and director Richard Curtis are old friends.
About Time is the fourth collaboration between Nighy and Curtis, whose previous work includes: Love Actually (2003), the made for television movie The Girl in the Cafe (2006), and 2009′s The Boat That Rocked. “It’s a very good day when a script from Richard comes through,” Nighy said. “I treasure our association and he writes great parts for me.” Even if he makes you get naked and sing live on Christmas Eve, Bill?