Friday, September 29, 2006
Friday Film Night - About a Boy
When you think of Hugh Grant and romantic comedy, the films that immediately spring to mind are NOTTING HILL, BRIDGET JONES' DIARY and FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL.
So where does ABOUT A BOY fit into the scheme of things?
This film, released in May 2002, spans genres: comedy, drama and romance.
I had heard little about it, usually a bonus when watching a film for the first time (no friends' preconceptions to sway you can sometimes be a good thing!)
Like books, I find movies very subjective and a rom-com I love may be one you hate.
With that in mind, here is my 'subjective' view on ABOUT A BOY.
Any film starring Hugh Grant as a shallow, self-serving womaniser who does anything to pick up women (including invent a 2 year old son Ned to attend SPAT-Single Parents Alone Together-and prey on sex-starved single mums) would capture my attention, particularly with the frequent forays into his internal POV which the audience is privvy to.
I had to cringe at his audacity while chuckling at his ingenuity.
Of course, playing a single parent has its downfalls and Will (Hugh) meets Marcus (Nicholas Hoult), a misfit 12 year old with major problems at school and a depressed mother at home (Toni Collette) who soon turns his world on its head.
The developing relationship between Will and Marcus is a delight to watch, with many laugh-out-loud moments. Though riddled with idiosyncrasies, Marcus is a great kid and you can't help but empathise with him. Through their bizarre friendship, Marcus learns what it's like to be cool and Will learns to be a better person, opening his heart to a world of possibilities.
Is this movie funny? You bet.
Is this movie dramatic? It has its moments.
Is this movie romantic? In parts.
Combine all of the above and you have a winner.
I actually cried towards the end (and no, it isn't when Will finally gets his act together with Rachel Weisz, the woman of his dreams) but a poignant scene featuring Marcus singing a song for his mum. Real tear-jerking stuff.
My feel-good rating: 7/10
Definitely worth seeing.