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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This isn't actually a complaint, but quite the opposite. It just occurred to me right now. I've been re-reading About a Boy (I love Nick Hornby books. He's so funny.) and that made me think about the movie, which I'm sure just about everyone has seen at least once.

About a Boy (the movie) is the absolute closest a book-to-movie adaptation has been to the book it was based on. I can't even explain how well it was cast. It's like Hugh Grant was born to play this role, and Nicholas Hoult (when I first saw this movie, I never expected him to grow up into the cutie he is today) is a brilliant child actor who gets everything about his character right. It's just... I don't know, but it almost seems to good to be true, because whenever I read the book now, it's as though I'm watching the movie all over again, because the actors really inhabit their characters. The movie even keeps most of the dialogue from the book and essentially every plot point is the same.

There isn't really any point to this point, but just my thoughts. I thought there should be at least one amazing book-to-movie adaptation in this thread to rave about. haha.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 12:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't like Grant normally, but he was perfect for this role. Toni Collette always plays disfunctional roles, so I wasn't surprised to find her being so good in that. The movie altogether was just okay, same with the book; didn't really impact me the same way it impacted other people.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not so much an impact, but you can appreciate how thoughtful and humorous the novel is. Same with the movie.

I think Hugh Grant plays the same kind of roles, but this was absolutely spot on. His hair wasn't ridiculous, the character was just right and he had a great supporting cast.
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