Monday, 9 June 2008

Son of Rambow

Director: Garth Jennings
Country: UK

Set in the 1980s, around the time when First Blood first screened in theatres, Son of Rambow is about the odd friendship that develops between Will (Bill Milner), a child in a fatherless Plymouth Brethren family, and Lee Carter (Will Poulter), the school troublemaker. The two creative minds join to film a sequel to First Blood for a short film competition about the adventures of the son of Rambo.

I really liked this movie. I hate to use the words "heart-warming" in a review, but what the hell... this movie was a very heart-warming buddy movie about friendship and growing up. It may star children, but I think it will appeal to adults too - the Brits seem to have a knack for making films like that (About A Boy and Billy Elliot spring to mind). Outside of the story, I couldn't fault the directing or the acting either. Neither was spectacular, but it didn't need to be. It did more than enough to carry the plot, which was what this movie had going for it.

This movie is great. It's not perfect, but it was never made to win awards. What it was made to do was to tell a story that appealed to both kids and adults, and at this it succeeds quite perfectly. Highly recommended.

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