I have always had a fascination with the manipulation of time and time travel. Books and movies that deal with this subject are my favorites.
Not in the science fiction end of the world sense, but in a “what happens if” way. How one small change in what we do affects the future, how one decision can change our lives is mind expanding.
What we do in one day, one moment is significant and can be life altering.
Even when we don’t realize it, we are making a thousand decisions that will affect the rest of our lives. Which way to walk, where to have lunch, what to wear, whether to answer the phone, who to say Hi to, what to say No to and on and on. Even what you eat for a snack or when can change the trajectory of your life.
That is why it is important to choose and not drift, to be aware of what works in your life.
The whole idea of what is next and why and what would happen if it were done a different way is endlessly interesting and entertaining to me. The idea that each moment is precious and to be aware of each moment is a life lesson everyone needs to hear over and over.
My favorite movie on moments, time, time travel, and its affect on life is the movie About Time (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet).
It is the most enjoyable and life affirming time travel movie in my arsenal of feel good movies. There are very few rated R movies that I enjoy or recommend, but this one is a must see for anyone feeling down and wondering why many things happen. Be advised there are grown up relationships, a brief amount of nudity, and a couple of grown up situations, but it is well written, beautiful cinematically, and leaves you feeling good about your life and the world around you. If you have innocent ears, are very strict or super conservative, it might be too much, but the story of family and the life is precious theme is so good, it it worth it. (I would not watch this movie with kids, or any R rated movie, ever. Let children be children.)
It is written and directed by Richard Curtis. Try About Time:
From a reviewer on Amazon about the movie and time travel, “But the beauty of this movie is it acknowledges how ridiculous it is, embraces the humor and treats it as a fact of life rather than magical revelation. Domhnall Gleeson and Rachel McAdams are amazing together. Bill Nighy never disappoints either. Rarely is there a movie where the ultimate goal is to be happy, live a happy life, and love all those around you. (italics mine) It sounds so simple and boring, but it’s beautiful and amazing.” (reviewed by EMAWforever)
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For charm, I recommend a literary romantic comedy on going back in time, the movie Midnight in Paris rated Pg13. The lead played by Owen Wilson climbs in a car and goes back in time to his favorite era. Written and directed by Woody Allen, the story reveals people’s quirks, weaknesses, motives, and frailties with humor. I love the underlying theme of “be happy where you are right now.”
Midnight in Paris [Blu-ray]
Another approach to time travel is altering how we move in time or how we age in time. The best movies on this subject are:
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] starring Brad Pitt and Kate Blanchett
The Age Of Adaline [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD]
It is what a story should be, fantastical and thought provoking. It is about a woman who stops aging physically and lives many decades beyond her youth with a young body and face, but as an old woman inside. The message of growing older with someone as a joyful and beautiful thing is well written. Aging gracefully and with gratitude is also a subtle but timely theme.