Thursday, October 21, 2010

Movie Review: "Son of Rambow"

We saw this film a few months back, but it sticks in my mind as one of the best indies we've seen recently. I had read good reviews of this movie but avoided it for awhile since I am not particularly a big "Rambo" fan! Turns out that didn't matter at all.

It's the 1980s in pastoral England. Artistic kid Will Proudfoot's father has recently died. He's a member of the strict Brethren religion, which forbids entertainment such as TV and movies. His life is austere, somber, and suffocating for an 11-year-old boy.

Soon he meets tough bully Lee Carter (in turn bullied by his older brother). Lee Carter introduces Will to the movie "Rambo" and coerces him into helping make a remake of the movie.

(This reminded me of when I was in first grade, and an older girl named Terry would wait in the bathroom after lunch to threaten to stab us with a straight pin if we didn't go pretend to be her baby birds [in sawdust nests] at recess. Or when Chris was in first grade, and a bully at his school threateningly told him that he needed to stop hanging around with his best friend. Bullies are usually lonely, hurt kids. But I digress.)

A busload of French kids arrive for an exchange program, and the exceedingly popular, New Wave Didier takes an interest in the boys' film-making project. Suddenly they are cool and hip, and all the kids want to be in the movie.

Will's doodled comic illustrations come to life in the film, and a tenuous friendship blossoms between the boys. This movie is a bit slow to start, but it's well worth your time.

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