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About Time - DOMHNALL GLEESON as Tim and BILL NIGHY as Dad. PA Photo/UPI Media.
About Time - DOMHNALL GLEESON as Tim and BILL NIGHY as Dad. PA Photo/UPI Media.

All good things must come to an end.

As a writer and more recently a director, Richard Curtis has warmed the cockles of the nation’s heart with his rose-tinted romantic comedies that suggest every bumbling, accident-prone Englishman gets the impossibly beautiful girl with a combination of expletives, dry humour and good fortune.

Our love affair with Curtis started in 1994 with Four Wedding & A Funeral, which earned him an Oscar nomination for his screenplay, and has continued unabated through Bean, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Love Actually and various sequels.

About Time is purportedly his final film (as director - he’ll carry on writing) and it is a fittingly amusing and heartbreaking swansong.Set largely in London with occasional forays to the picturesque Cornish coast, this bittersweet romcom concerns not only saying goodbye to the people you love, but also bidding farewell to childhood and the safety net of a parent’s guiding hand. Once you accept that realism is a distant stranger to certain elements of the writing, About Time casts a heady spell.

Secret plenty of handkerchiefs about your person.