Wednesday, May 15, 2013

What 'Time' You Got, Rachel McAdams?

If you know me, you will know that my love of Rachel McAdams is quite vast.  I remember making the connection of who she was whenever I saw the trailer for The Notebook, and I loudly exclaimed, "That's Regina George!  She's going places!"  The great thing about Ms. McAdams is that boys think she's hot and girls think she's cool.  That's how you know an actress will gain a following.  Well, in my mind anyway.  And, you know, I am rarely wrong.  It's my blog!  Shut up!

As much as I love her, I sometimes question her career choices.  Her career started off strong with Mean Girls, The Notebook, Red Eye and The Family Stone (one of the best Christmas movies not about Christmas, if you ask me), but then she took a step back.  The rare, endangered McAdams can now only sometimes be seen in movies that you don't care about.  I am pretty sure I am the only one who has heard of Married Life, let alone seen it. 
The trailer for her latest, About Time, debuted yesterday and I noticed something.  Rachel McAdams has cornered the market of time travel romances.  Hear me out!  In 2009, McAdams starred with Eric Bana in The Time Traveler's Wife, a shitty drama about a man who involuntarily time travels and how is strains their marriage.  I thought a long distance relationship with my fiance in West Virginia took time and energy.  Sheesh. 

I want to time travel and talk myself out of buying a ticket.  It would be worth the butterfly effect.

Two years ago, McAdams had a small part in Woody Allen's Oscar-winning comedy Midnight in Paris.  She played Owen Wilson's bitchy fiancee while Wilson, a struggling writer, got to time travel and hobnob with literary greats F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway.  Her character is frustratingly annoying, but I love her all the same!  The first time I watched it, I secretly hoped that Rachel loved channelling her inner Regina George.

About Time, out this November, is from the studio that brought us Notting Hill, Four Weddings and Funeral, and Love Actually (Sheesh, how many times are they going to cram that down our throats?).  Domhnall Gleeson stars as Tim, a dorky chap whose father (Bill Nighy) informs him that the men in their family "have always had the ability to time travel."  Changing history is out of the question, but they can go back and kind of make sure a date goes super smoothly.  Enter, you guessed it, Rachel McAdams, the American girl of his dreams! 

Ok, Rach.  If this sucks, I am going to have to cut you off.  Yes, "from the makers of Love Actually" gives me a bit of confidence.  Are you happy that you're the go-to girl for time travel romance?  Are you trying to prove to someone that you're game for a Back to the Future remake, because, honey, don't hold your breath.  I love you, and I want everyone else to keep loving you, too!

Even your other romantic endeavors have the thematic element of time!  The Vow, where you played a woman with amnesia, was basically you trying to make up "lost time" or recover the "time" you couldn't remember.  Ok, that was a stretch.  I just wanted to think of that time that Channing Tatum got out of bed and showed us his ass.  Actually, why think about it, when we can see it?  Here ya go!