Directors: Chris and Paul Weitz
Writer: Nick Hornby
Featuring: Hugh Grant, Toni Collette, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult
Okay, so I am in no way a fan of Hugh Grant. He seems to only play one character and that character appears to be exactly what he is like in real life.
Having said that…
He is in some pretty wicked films like Bridget Jones, Notting Hill, but the most impressive being this one: About A Boy.
It is about a real ass named Will Freeman (Grant) who has never needed to work and is a professional womanizer. The parallel story is about poor Marcus (Nicholas Hoult) and how he deals with his mother (Toni Collette) who is suffering from depression while having a tough time at school with no friends.
Essentially, this film is about family and being different. Will Freeman thinks that having no family and friends is liberating until he meets the friendless Marcus who is looking for family.
It’s such a breath of fresh air because Hugh Grant keeps his typecast role of the ‘handsome’ englishman yet, it is intermingled with Toni Collette’s incredible role (which she is fantastic at!!) as an incredibly sad and hopeless character.
So this film is almost like a black comedy/drama because it has such an intense storyline, yet it’s not heavy enough to make you want to switch it off and put it on the ebay pile, because of the absolutely hilarious moments! Seriously, if you’re into Juno, Little Miss Sunshine or Scent of a Woman, you will adore this movie for sure!
I recognised the Weitz brothers’ names immediately. I remembered being impressed with the cinematography of Twilight: New Moon (Paul Weitz) so I expected the same with this film. Obviously the genres are totally different, however, despite About A Boy being more down to earth, interesting angles and shots are always noticed.
This is my new favourite!
Jodie’s rating: 8.5/10