Ahead of the New York Film Festival debut of “About Time,” the latest film written and directed by romantic comedy master Richard Curtis, here’s a video retrospective of the screenwriter’s work. Many fans of Curtis adore his cheerful, bittersweet romantic comedies as well such goofy British sitcoms as “Mr. Bean” and “Blackadder.”
This retrospective focuses on Curtis’s romantic comedies and reads like a montage, though it has mashed up various worlds from Curtis’s films including Christmas perennial “Love Actually,” starring Curtis alter ego Hugh Grant, who also carries “Notting Hill” and “Four Weddings and a Funeral.” The video brims with longing glances, slapstick mishaps in the rain, romantic twirling, and final kisses.
The montage also incorporates scenes from the upcoming “About Time,” starring Bill Nighy, rising redhead Domhnall Gleeson, and Rachel McAdams–consummate casting for a Curtis film. In the movie, Tim (Gleeson), discovers from his father (Nighy) that the men in their family can time-travel, but only to change incidents in their own life. After meeting the lovely Mary (McAdams), Tim(e) decides to focus his amazing powers on wooing her, “Groundhog Day”-style. Peruse this little retrospective for clips and watch the trailer below.
As certain romantic-comedy diehards say, it’s almost “Love Actually” season. In the meantime, “About Time” opens in theaters on November 1, 2013.