About A Boy / Growing up

The pilot is more or less like an encapsulated version of the entire story, developing a great bond between the neighbours. This isn't the laugh-off -your seats, Modern Family kind of humour. However, the show is peppered with beautiful light moments and puns.

Mumbai | Published:September 5, 2014 1:00 am
David Walton and Benjamin Stockham in About A Boy David Walton and Benjamin Stockham in About A Boy

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By Siddhi Pathak

As it goes, it’s always hard to resist a bad boy, who is a good man. About A Boy is a series, adapted from a novel and a film of the same name that has just the right amount of humour and charm. The story revolves around the life of Will Freeman (David Walton) who is essentially an overgrown boy. He is a songwriter, who lives alone, is single and afraid or rather incapable of being in a committed relationship. However, his life takes a sharp turn when 11 year old Marcus (Benjamin Stockham) moves in next door, with his vegan, meditating single mom, Fiona (Minnie Driver).
As Marcus is the only child and Fiona is a protective mother, the bond between them is really strong, leaving little space for any real friends in Marcus’ life. Fiona, being a single mom, shifting base and looking for employment, suffers from depression. In a quirky way, Marcus finds a friend in Will, his neighbour, while Will who is incapable of growing up or expressing true emotion, starts caring for the little boy. The teleseries had to ensure that it levelled up to the film, especially with Hugh Grant making your jaws drop with his charming ways in the film version. David Walton, in the pilot itself, proves that he is perfectly suited for Will’s TV adaptation. Benjamin Stockham is absolutely adorable in his portrayal of Marcus. The pilot is more or less like an encapsulated version of the entire story, developing a great bond between the neighbours. This isn’t the regular Modern Family kind of humour. However, the show is peppered with beautiful light moments and puns.
While comparing the TV show to the film will not do justice to either; but there are stark differences that make the comparison inevitable. The appeal in the film was based on its willingness to discover the slightly more cynical and serious side of each of its characters. However, the light nature of the TV adaptation doesn’t allow for it. The pilot ends on a sentimental note, where Will and Marcus finally become friends after a few brief rough moments. The bond between the two in the end leaves audiences feeling delighted. If the consequent episodes continue to strike the perfect balance between humour and sentiments, the show will soon catch up.

Verdict : A fun filled show that’s worth giving a try.

 

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