Question 1:

With a movie title that couldn’t possibly be more literal, About Time features a combination of
love and philosophy. The film About Time
was a fantastic British romantic comedy-drama that I would love to watch again.
Throughout the movie I realized that family is very important so do not take
them for granted. Also, an important lesson learned in the film was how to live
a happy life. Basically, the film is giving off the message to live your life
day by day but gave fun doing it. There is a strong unrealistic idea running
through About Time because time
travel is not real or at least it has not been proven. However, we all wish we
could use time travel. After all, which one of us wouldn’t want to go back in
the years and change certain things? What if we had said the right thing at the
right time to someone…or perhaps avoided that misunderstanding? Time travel
would be a useful thing.

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            Something that is very special about
this story is how close the men are in the family and what they have to keep a secret
of. This secrete that only the men get is time travel. Throughout the film we
see how time travel changes the story. However, this
supernatural ability is subject to one restriction. They can only travel to
places and times they have been before. For example, the very beginning after
the New Year’s party Tim found out about the family secrete and redoes his
night because he did not kiss the girl. After his father discourages Tim from
using his gift to acquire money or fame, he decides that he will use it to
improve his love life. It’s not just a film about relationships in terms of
couples, it’s about fathers and sons and family connections in general. The
film is largely based around Tim aiming to find love with a female and settle
down with the perfect person for him, but this isn’t the only kind of
relationship that is explored. The scenes in which we see the Tim playing ping
pong with his father. It shows the importance of family and shows just how
precious every moment with your parents is. Over time Tim learned from his
mistakes in life and time travel but ultimately decides to live his life as if
it was his last days.

            Time and age are key factors in how
the time travel is used throughout the film. the character development of Tim
is excellent because it shows him learning and maturing with age. I saw this
because the purpose of the time travel changes for him, initially starting out
as a way for him to become the ideal partner to spend time with but then when
he is older and in a more serious time in life his motives switch to keeping
his family stable. If this was a different comedy then Tim could have continued
to mess around for the rest of time and everything would work in his favor,
whereas what this film shows is how Tim can’t try to be a player all of his
life, he has to settle down. Eventually this game he sets out to play has more
and more rules and he has to abide by them in order to achieve stability and
eternal happiness.

Question 2:

My favorite text from this course was All the Light We Cannot See because I recently have found it hard
to find time to read a novel in my free time, so this allowed me to read an
enjoyable book during the stress of college. The book made me think outside the
box as to why things happened the way they did. This book was a page turner for
sure as well as thought provoking. I learned a lot from reading this book and
it gave me a new perspective at how and why authors research and write award
winner pieces.

            I really enjoyed how Anthony Doerr
included the sea of flames in to the novel. He took time to research exactly
what he wanted and where. I found it very interesting that Doerr found inspiration
for the stone from the Natural History Museum in Paris. Where he read about an
amethyst called Delhi Sapphire which was supposedly cursed but later returned to
a river. This inspired him to invent the sea of flames. I really liked how he
gave it to a little girl who was blind to make the way the stones importance
changes. The importance changes because she is immune to its visual charm
unlike others in the novel. Besides who would not want a diamond with eternal
life? This is an interesting literary move because it shows the phycological ways
peoples behaviors and beliefs affect the ones around them. Due to the stone
being cursed that is the only thing that Marie-Laure can really know about the
stone.

            Somethings that I learned from this
text is greed can get in the way of true happiness. Take Von Rumpel for
example, he would rather have to the stone than good health and anyone in his
way would get killed if it came down to them or the stone. I also learned that
some people will do anything to get what is best for themselves so watch out
for people like that. For example, some people would hurt their best friend if
it meant that they could get in a romantic relationship. Another thing is that
if a blind girl can be brave enough and survive during a war and yet still have
a happy life afterwards there is no reason why I cannot be brave enough to get
over issues in my own life that are not as bad as war. Overall, this novel made
me think about a lot of life lessons to look for and live by if I want a life
full of achievements and happiness.

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