A Minor Incident by Badly Drawn Boy is a song I really like and it’s proven hard to forget. The lyrics make sense and the tune is easy to latch on to. The scenario for which it is used in the movie is quite specific. Toni Collette plays Fiona, Marcus’s mother. The song is Fiona’s plea to Marcus (before she offs herself) to carry on living without her. And that she will be watching over him from up above the clouds (provided she goes to heaven). I first heard it in About a Boy which I found really endearing. Not many people agree with me on this but I think it was one of the more mature performances of Hugh Grant.
The movie is fun to watch because it has a good dose of tongue in cheek humour. The interactions of the worldly wise Marcus (played to perfection by Nicholas Hoult) who’s twelve with a thirty something, yet to grow up Will (played by Hugh Grant) who doesn’t work but goofs around, and has no real purpose in life except perhaps finding people to date and be totally unattached. The hassle free life is his goal and he manages to live this way till his life collides with Marcus’s. It’s what they bring to each others lives and how they are both changed and see a new way of life viewing it through each others prisms that forever alters their world views. The dialogues are funny and Nick Hornby has to be given due credit because it is based on his novel of the same name. I have read it and it was good but I liked the movie better than the book. Sacrilege, right? Honestly, I always try to read the book before seeing the movie if I know that the movie is based on a book but I didn’t know that this time around. May be I should read it again.
The movie begins with these lines –
Will: All men are islands.
It ends on a very different note. Lemme go watch it again. You guys have a great Sunday.