Monday, May 09, 2005

About a Boy

I watched this movie three times already and laugh out loud every time I see it. It's about a shallow, carefree, single man in his late 30's (Will) who is happily content living by himself, avoiding relationships and other people in general because of the pleasures of 'island living' as he calls it. His perfect life hits a snag when he crosses paths with Marcus, a 12-year old boy, which leads him to start caring for other people.

I would like to get a copy of the screenplay for this movie as it has a lot of good quotes. The Nick Hornby novel it is based on looks interesting too, have to read that someday. The movie alternates between the thoughts of Will and Marcus, showing off lots of interesting and funny commentary on life by the two unlikely heroes. The characters are very realistic and you can probably identify yourself, or some of the people in your own life to those characters.

The soundtrack is very good, the theme song captures the heart of the film. It is rich with feel-good moments, cringe-inducing scenes, and a great climax. One of my favorite movies of all time. Most highly recommended.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars * * * * *

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