Published on September 4th, 2008 | by Chris0
Son of Rambow (2007)
So. What if the only movie (or TV show) you ever saw in your entire life to date was none other than Stallone's First Blood? What kind of impact would that have on you? Especially if you were brought up in a staunchly religious environment?
Son of Rambow takes on that issue, and proceeds to be a fun ride down the road of youth and the imagination and exploration of it.
Will Proudfoot (Bill Milner) is that boy. Brought up somewhere in the UK by his widowed mother in a "Plymouth Bretheren" household (for us in the states, think Amish, sort of, kind of), he's not allowed to watch TV or movies of any kind, even educational videos in his school.
One day while sitting in the hallway (not watching a video!) he runs into the misfit Lee Carter (Will Poulter) and his trek towards realizing that there is a larger world outside of his sparsely furnished and dim house begins.
Through a series of mishaps, he happens to watch the entirety of "First Blood" and is totally blown away by it. His already imaginitive mind begins to fabricate a detailed and intricate new story, where he must rescue his father, Rambo from the evil scarecrow. He puts his artistic talents to use creating a series of comic-like storyboards for his new epic.
As luck would have it, Carter's got an itch of being a filmmaker, and between his camera and Will's story, they start to put the story to tape. By the end of it they enlist practially the entire school, including French exchange student and Didier (Jules Sitruk).
Really, though, the story is a lot more than that. It explores Carter's relationship to his brother, Will's discovery of the world around him, the ideals of friendship, and takes a tongue-in-cheek jab at the movie industry, with all of its infighting and everyone inviting everyone else to be involved....
So, not being exactly what I expected, (which was something more down the war-movie alley), it still wound up an excellent film. And, although the cast is mostly made up of, and the story revolves around, the kids... I don't think I'd recommend it for the youngsters, at least not in this day and age. Some of the things they do and the places they wind up might be difficult to explain. ("Um, no you can't do that, ever!")
Unfortunately there are some moments which could have been left out, such as Will's inciting all of the older students' commons area into a giant dancing jumping fit. Didn't quite get that one, I'm afraid.
Son of Rambow is just a lot of fun. Check it out.
Summary: What if the only movie (or TV show) you ever saw in your entire life to date was none other than Stallone's First Blood? What kind of impact would that have on you? Especially if you were brought up in a staunchly religious environment?