If I had to choose anybody in the world to take me through the step-by-step process of how to time travel my first choice would naturally be Christopher Lloyd, but Bill Nighy is certainly a solid second option. Sure, I'd miss Doc Brown's trademark frantic craziness, but one could see how Nighy's laid back attitude and British charm would come in handy. Suffice it to say, Domhnall Gleeson seems to be in good hands in the new restricted, UK trailer for Richard Curtis' new comedy About Time.
As far as red band trailers go, this one, which comes to us via MSN UK, is fairly tame, as it doesn't include any kind of excessive nudity or violence, but it makes some very good use of bawdy language to comedic effect. I laughed more than a couple times watching this trailer, be it Nighy's initial reaction to learning about time travel or Gleeson stumbling over his words in front of his girlfriend's (Rachel McAdams) parents, and I'm looking forward to seeing more from the movie.
That said, it's kind of hard to see exactly where the plot is going from this trailer. It does a good job setting up the premise as well as some of the key characters, but I'm not really sure what the movie is actually about. Fortunately, the first domestic trailer, which debuted back in May, does a much better job of explaining the story, specifically setting up that Gleeson uses his abilities to find love only to hit by some unfortunate set backs. You can watch that preview for the movie below.
While Curtis has had a long career as a screenwriter, making movies like Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, and Bridget Jones' Diary, this is actually only his third directorial effort following 2009's Pirate Radio and 2003's Love Actually. In addition to both films starring Nighy, they also largely got a positive response from critics, and hopefully About Time will be able to keep that streak running.
The film will be getting an early release in the UK, set to come out in early September, but audiences in the United States will have to wait a little bit longer, as Universal Pictures will have it in theaters on November 1st. Hopefully it will be worth the wait.