is the 12-year-old son of a fellow SPAT member named Fiona. And
seeing as his mother was feeling ill that day, Suzy invited Marcus
to come along with them to the park. Will is less than thrilled
with this arrangement, especially because he doesn’t particularly
like children anyway. His and Marcus’ personalities clash almost
immediately and they are mutually annoyed with one another. Will
is hip, ironic and unapologetically shallow, while Marcus is
awkward, unpopular and troubled as a result of living a life
that has forced him to be mature beyond his years.
different sensibilities of the two characters is humorously displayed
through some sharp verbal exchanges and one particularly funny
incident at the park involving a duck. Despite this early animosity,
circumstances of a more serious nature quickly arise that force
the two together. Fiona’s illness it turns out, is severe depression,
and when Will, Suzy, and her daughter go to take Marcus home,
they find out how serious a problem it really is.
Will rushes everyone
to the hospital, and after making a few painfully labored attempts
at empathizing with Marcus, both are equally relieved when they are
given the news that Fiona will be okay. Will writes the whole thing
off as a sad and unfortunate situation that is not his problem and
is more than happy to get on with his own life. Marcus however, has
other ideas. He thinks Will might be just the right person to help
him and his mother. ‘Will isn’t really that bad,’ he thinks, and
believes his mother would be happier if she had a husband. Besides
that though, Marcus desperately needs a father figure and so he begins
to follow Will around to find out what he can about him.
soon learns the truth about Will’s "son" Ned and he
uses this information to force Will into taking at least a surface
interest in his and Fiona’s life. Will still wants to date their
friend Suzy, and in order not to jeopardize that, he reluctantly
gives in to Marcus’ demands.
is the unlikely friendship that eventually develops between the
two and the unexpected and positive effects they end up having
on each other’s lives that is the heart of the movie. It is also
some of it’s funniest moments. In every way, the film is excellent.
The direction by Chris and Paul Weitz is smooth, stylish and
self-assured. The brothers’ attention to detail and the wonderful
cinematography by Remi Adefarasin also contribute to the film
having an elegant and polished appearance on screen.
actor in "Boy" is perfect, and never misses a beat
in their role The entire cast also works very well together.
Especially good here is Hugh Grant, who gives a flawless comedic
performance as the shallow but winning "Will". And
young newcomer Nicholas Hoult who plays "Marcus", is
engaging and authentic every moment he is on screen. Both of
these roles are crucial to the movie’s working well, and both
performers more than hold up their end individually and with
each other. They also succeed in making their characters excessively
likable. Toni Collette is also very good as "Fiona" and
Rachel Weisz is well cast as "Rachel", the woman a
more mature Will falls for towards the end of the story.
mention as well, is the great screenplay, expertly adapted by
Peter Hedges and the Weitz brothers from the Nick Hornby novel
of the same name. It’s witty, insightful, and hilarious.
a Boy" is delightful film, not only because of the exceptional
acting, writing and directing mentioned above, but because of
its perfectly balanced comedy and drama and a refreshingly healthy,
surprising and original story.