This was back before I went natural... Pardon language on this.. I was angry.
Directed: Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz
Screenplay: Peter Hedges, Chris Weitz, and Paul Weitz
Starring: Hugh Grant, Toni Collette, Nicholas Hoult, and Rachel Weisz
Since this film is based on the novel by Nick Hornby, I would like to explain my feelings concerning film adaptations of novels. I personally like to watch the film version first before I read the novel if I can help it. I am not usually disappointed with either version in this order. Some people prefer the opposite way, but when I read the novel first, I end up becoming highly more critical of the film. I try to keep this my policy, but I am human. If I get involved with a series I really like, I tend not to have the patience to wait. Lol!
My first attraction to this film was the fact that it was British made and starred Hugh Grant, and this is also the very reason I purchased it. I tend to gravitate toward the British shows, because I enjoy the dry humor so much. Hugh Grant never disappoints in this area. What I originally thought was going to be funny narrative of Hugh Grant’s character during bachelorhood, turned out having an endearing story filled with just as charming, if not eccentric, characters as well.
The story follows Will and Marcus as they both go through the trials of growing up. Will is a self-proclaimed bachelor living off the royalties of his deceased one-hit wonder father and happy to do so. He spends his days watching game shows, spending money, and plotting his next female conquest. His newest plan finds him impersonating a single parent, believing that he can find plenty of women looking for fun and not attachment. It is through one of these exploits that he finds himself suddenly involved in Marcus’s life and not by choice either.
Marcus’s dramatic and eccentric mother’s usual antics are enough to embarrass him as he tries to survive school and the trials of being a normal teenager, but her latest self-absorbed stunt threatens to rip his world apart completely. Fearing for his mother’s sanity and the remnants of his happiness, Marcus comes up with a plan to find his mother a boyfriend. Since he hasn’t really met an adult male besides his own father and Will, he places his hopes on Will and forces him with a little blackmail to date his mother.
What actually develops between Marcus and Will is a relationship that pushes the other to accept themselves as they are and move on with life. In Will’s case, this means becoming the matured man, willing to let others in, whom he should have become at least ten years earlier. For Marcus, he finally becomes one with his awkwardness and learns how to have fun. At the beginning, Marcus is the mature adult, putting his mother’s happiness before his own, and Will’s the child, not being able to see beyond his own indulgence. This story is their journey of finding their rightful roles in life and creating a bond with the other that was unlikely in the beginning, but turned out to be exactly what each of them needed.
Being that the novel is fantastic, the only way that they could have hoped to recreate the charm into film is with the cast that they chose. This is a story driven film, and in order to achieve this in film the actors chosen become the tools in which to propel it forward. Bad acting can easily put a story driven film through cardiac arrest before it has even seen the silver screen leading it straight to the dreaded video store path.
Hugh Grant was perfect for the role as Will. His acting is usually limited to comedy, but it is an area in which he shines. Normally, his serious moments are always overlapped by immediate comedic relief. But Hugh Grant can do drama and has the resume to prove it, which gave him the perfect chops to present Will’s character perfectly.
Nicholas Hoult handled the mantle of his first major film part quite well, delivering an engaging and believable performance. I have seen him gradually take on more and more film roles since About A Boy, and he has gotten stronger. It is clear from this film that he would have such a career ahead of him.
The last actor to pull you into this film is none other than the famed chameleon actor, Toni Collette, which she proves undoubtedly on her recent television series, The United States of Tara, as a women with a multiple personality disorder. Toni Collette has played many varied characters that spread across a spectrum that at times you do not realize the actor you are watching is her right away. This is just raw talent that few actors have. This film is no different. She once again throws herself into the character of Fiona, Marcus’s mother. Her characters neurotic tendencies allowed Toni Collette to portray a woman that allowed you to sympathize, empathize, laugh with, and laugh at without one awkward turn.
Unfortunately, there is not a whole lot to add about Rachel Weisz. She was not terrible in this film, just that her character did not offer her much to work with beyond delivering the lines. Her character was important, but only as a device for Will’s character.
Over all, this is a wonderful movie that not only will make you laugh, but make you feel good. I would also like to make a tiny notice to the soundtrack that was written and performed by Badly Drawn Boy. It adds its own character, and I highly recommend to those who find this type of music appealing. Just be warned that it is score as well as music.
I give this film 4 Buttery Kernels.
Coming Soon: Accepted
Before I get on with my sad tale of woe is me embarrassment of a job interview. I must tell you that this is all my fault. I applied for a position that is way over my level. This is what happens when you do that sometimes.
My title is from when I worked at Old Navy back in the day. You pretty much get used to the music and block it out, but some songs made me clinch my teeth together. I don't know the name of this one.. but it started out with a man singing "Monday Monday" and some angel type chorus would come in. I would hate to hear that.. especially on a Monday.
Today I have a job interview! I am so excited. Blogging does not pay the bills y'know!
Just to keep this site moving, I am going to start reviewing my film collection. My collection is getting close to 500, and it is still growing. Yes, I do realize that I have a problem. Lol! Also, I should mention that I do have some anal-retentive issues when it comes to my movies. I keep them if alphabetical order. This will be very apparent, as I go through my reviews. Don’t be afraid to laugh about that. It is okay to make fun of me. For the reviews of the films in my personal collection, I thought that I will also add why I own them. This is an important reason to me, because not all movies should be purchased. There are even some movies that will take 2 hours of your life that you will never get back. Keeping with this spirit, I will also let you know where a new film measures up in this way. I'll let you know whether you should stay away, go see immediately, buy, or just rent.
I will be leaving this site open for anyone to leave a comment if they like, regardless if they are affiliated with Blogger. I will rate my films through Buttery Kernels. Yes, it is rather cheesy, but since I wanted to be different from the regular Stars rating system, this is was the only representation I could find that was not currently being used. It will be used like the standard system: 1 to 5 Buttery Kernels, 1 being the worst and 5 being the best. I hoping that you will have as much as I and thanks for visiting Blondie’s Flick Find.
Coming Soon: About A Boy
I haven't had the winner of the contest contact me yet. I will give her until the end of this week, and then I will choose someone else.
Since I packed up my stuff and moved from my childhood home of over 20 years, I thought that I would start this blog to allow all the family and friends that I left behind to keep up with my life. As everyone knows, I ran away for opportunity in Las Vegas. Opportunities that still remain fuzzy at the moment, but one opportunity is quite clear, even if he happens to be short and absolutely adorable. Being apart of my nephew's life was probably the biggest draw.
Now I'm here in the middle of July where the temperatures are normally over 100 degrees. Crazy I know, but yay for no more insane blizzards. This is kind of why I decided to entitle the blog "Hot Pursuit." One, I'm in a hot desert climate, and two, it's a shout out to one of my favorite John Cusak 80's films. Nothing says me like an 80's movie. This blog is to keep you informed of all my new discoveries and mishaps as I continue down the path fate dropped me on.
Right now I'm working on employment. That is the main key in obtaining my other goal of an apartment. Not that I'm not enjoying living with my nephew and sister-in-law. We get along very well, so well, I think my brother is in trouble when he returns home. Lol! I do want to finally have a place to call my own. I think it's long over due. In order to accomplish this, I'll need money, so employment is kind of key. I've had a couple of interviews, and I have been picky about where I've been applying. I have a system of tiers that are based on my desperation. You'll know when I'm desperite. Lol! I'm sure that everything will work out the way it's supposed to in the end. Wish me luck!
Just to let all of my friends and family know, I do still miss and love you all. I hope that everything is going well for you. I am going to try to keep in touch with you all. I want to be honest and let you know that keeping in touch is not one of my strong points. If you need me just call or email or even text. I'm still here for you!! Another quick note, I am also starting a film review blog, which is honestly long overdue for me. It is at blondiesflickfind.blogspot.com. I'm still building that one up, but I'll let you know when it's officially up and running.
Until next time.....
I am still in the process of getting this blog up and running smoothly. My intent is to start making film reviews. I have a varied opinion, so please feel free to comment. Just to get the ball rolling, I am going to start by reviewing my film collection and other films that I see along the way. My goal is to keep up with the new releases and share my expectations for the weekends upcoming films. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope that you will enjoy and laugh a little.
It is the weekend, and since school is not in session quite yet, nor do I have any plans this weekend, I decided to bust out my scrapbooking supplies and do a few pages. I did one for the 4th of July and one for my dogs. I was flipping through some pictures and I decided to do one on my natural hair progress. I believe all these pics are on my computer sooo.... I got some pics to show you! YAY!
People that are really hardcore about their big chop and stuff like that, know the date of their big chop. I don't. All I remember was that it was in November.
Cherilyn (my stylist) was nice enough to style it in cute little coils
Shortly after that, in December the following picture was taken. I was still trying to figure all of this out.... This is how I normally wear my hair.
I'm a dork, I know.. LOL
Anyway, this last pic was taken on the 4th of July in NY.
Can you tell my growth? I can 🙂
The winner of the Moroccanoil Hair Oil treatment is Brown Sugah!!!
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your address so that I can ship this out to you!
Thank you everyone for playing. I hope to have more give aways in the near future.