After seeing High Fidelity, I was inspired to read Nick Hornby’s book of the same title. I became an instant fan, and I’ve read the rest of his books. High Fidelity was amazingly faithful to the novel, but I was ambivalent about seeing About a Boy. The latter is driven by internal changes in the major characters, and I wondered how well these could be rendered in a movie.
Firstly, I thought Hugh Grant made an excellent Will. The rest of the characters were also faithful to the book.
I really didn’t care for the plot changes. I thought Ellie’s character was majorly short-changed, without the scenes in the headmistress’ office, Marcus’ homeroom and the New Year’s Eve party. I realize those scenes might have been sacrificed to shorten the running length, but I think their meeting in the office was much more effective than hallway meeting portrayed in the movie.
The talent show was completely absent from the book, and I think the book was a lot better for it.
The English to English dictionary included as a DVD extra was a nice touch.
What did everyone else think?