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.
Our love affair with Curtis started in 1994 with Four Weddings & A Funeral, which earned him an Oscar nomination for his screenplay, and has continued unabated through Bean, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones's Diary and Love Actually.
About Time is purportedly his final film as director 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.
Admittedly, Curtis is guilty of old habits. His characters are almost exclusively white, upper middle class, and seem to be able to afford sizeable properties in the capital despite modest salaries.
Once you accept that realism is a distant stranger, About Time casts a heady spell.
Shortly after he turns 21, nice guy Tim (Domhnall Gleeson, pictured) is ushered into the office of his father (Bill Nighy) for a revealing heart-to-heart.
The old man reveals that Tim harks from a long line of male time travellers.
The young man begins to master this new skill, which comes in very handy when he crosses paths with an insecure beauty called Mary (Rachel McAdams).
About Time is showing this week at the Wellesley Cinema in Wellington, see opposite for all listings.