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An important change experienced by a character in the film About A Boy directed by Chris and Paul Weitz is shown by Will, played by Hugh Grant changing from a shallow, lazy, emotionally stunted grown up

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Describe an important change experienced by a character or individual in the text. Explain how verbal and / or visual features showed you that this change was important to the character or individual. An important change experienced by a character in the film "About A Boy" directed by Chris and Paul Weitz is shown by Will, played by Hugh Grant changing from a shallow, lazy, emotionally stunted grown up to a more mature man as he develops adult-like relationships, all due to the added responsibility of playing 'big brother' for Marcus played by Nicholas Hoult. The film is about two boys; Will and Marcus. Will is 38 year old 'boy' who lives a life of luxury. He is basically a 'grown up' kid who has everything he wants. But Marcus on the other hand is 12, an actual boy who is a little socially inept and awkward, not fitting too well at school. ...read more.


He is no longer shallow; he does not want to date single mothers for fun but actually wants to be in a good relationship with a woman named Rachel. He is no longer emotionally stunted by the torturing memories of childhood Christmas; he changes his mind about Christmas after he has Christmas dinner with Marcus. He changes from a care-free and self-indulged man to a more sensible, mature and deep person. Will realises the change too and says "Everyman is an island. I stand by that. But clearly some men are island CHAINS. Underneath they are connected." A visual feature that showed me that this change was important to Will is a scene when Marcus decides to sing at the school rock concert and Will tries to talk him out of it but Marcus does not listen and goes on to the stage. ...read more.


After watching this scene I could understand how parents or even older or younger siblings cared about their child or sibling and that they are always there to protect you like an amour. Now that Marcus was someone important to Will, he was willing to protect Marcus even if it was to socially suicide himself. To conclude, an important change experienced by Will is that he changed from a swallow, lazy, emotionally stunted grown up to a more mature man. He developed adult-like relationships as he started to strengthen his relationship with Marcus. The audience could sense the change from the start of the movie to the end of the movie from the visual features of scene, mid shot, long shot, body language and facial expression, and verbal features of dialogue. Before, Will didn't care about anything but himself but as he slowly opened the door for Marcus to steadily come in, he cared about Marcus and taught himself to care about other things, not just himself. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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