About A Boy

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  1. Paul_D

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    For once, us Brits have the chance of disucssing a major movie before you Yanks! [​IMG]
    Just got back from this one, and boy have the Weitz brothers hit a home run. Though quite a small film, and certainly not one that'll likely be remembered in years to come, its an exceptionally funny, touching comedy. Great performances, superb score by Badly Drawn Boy, and a well-constructed script. It's got some killer scenes, and it single-handedly has converted me from a Hugh Grant sceptic to a Hugh Grant fan! [​IMG] Simply put - this is a star performance, that I perviously wouldn't have expected him capable of. The apparently long search they had to undergo in casting Marcus ended with a great young actor. He inhabits the role, and really gets into the quirky side.
    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Highly recommended. Should be a solid hit. So much better than Notting Hill, and quite a bit better than Bridget Jones's Diary IMO.
    2 other plus points: Rachel Weisz is adorable, and for us North/West Londoners, there are plenty of great locations for us to recognise! [​IMG]
     
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    Wouldn't you say this script (even the original book) and film have Hugh Grant written all over it.

    I think it's natural for Hugh Grant to excell in it.

    Note: I havn't see this movie yet.
     
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    Glad to hear it's turned out good, Paul. Been looking forward to this as I downright loved the novel.

    I don't think it's a natural role for Hugh Grant, certainly not the 'old' Grant before taking the Bridget Jones' role. The character's not the foppish stereotypical English blundering middleclass bloke he tended to play.
     
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    I meant his acting style, and in particular, his real life - isn't he a loveboy of some sort? I thought he spent quite bit of time chasing down women, and had fun with them.
     
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    Yup. It's one of the points of his character - he doesn't have to work, he has literally more money than he can comfortably spend, all due to that one song.
     
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    Saw this one yesterday. Can't say I was impressed.

    Well filmed (in scope), nicely played, and nothing wrong with the script, but I give it 2 stars out of 5. I found it tepid. This, from the writer of High Fidelity and the people who brought us Four Weddings And A Funeral and Notting Hill? I was underwhelmed. This was nothing more than a TV movie on the big screen, one of those reasonably entertaining dramas you get on Sunday evenings. It could have been so much more (well, maybe it couldn't; I haven't read the book).
     
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