There were three big reasons why I started watching About a Boy (AAB):
- David Walton’s mesmerizing muddy eyes
- David Walton’s beautiful, bristly face, and
- David Walton’s elegantly disheveled hairdo
Will Freeman (David Walton), a wealthy and musically-inclined man child, was given a life of freedom and luxury after writing a hit Christmas carol. Living heartily off of the royalties, the unemployed Casanova has boundless free time and not a care in the world. That is, until single mom Fiona (Minnie Driver) and her odd 11-year-old son Marcus (Benjamin Stockham) move in next door. When Marcus starts to make a habit out of popping over unannounced, Will finds himself reluctantly liking the quirky kid and his frequent visits. The newfound friendship works wonders on Will, who learns about being less self-centered and more caring towards others.
Premiering in 2014, the series is currently in its second season. AAB has a very mainstream kind of humour, making it easily digestible for all audiences; however, that doesn’t mean that it’s not good! Marcus, who looks like a blue-eyed Arya Stark from Game of Thrones, but acts like an overconfident Millhouse from The Simpsons, is a uniquely entertaining character who blows friendship bubbles, sings One Direction and colours in emotions on his feelings wheel.
I find that the cinematography – and to some degree humour – is similar to that of New Girl.
7.5/10 – “baby you light up my world like nobody else”