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Review – Son of Rambow

September 21, 2007

Gentle reader; thank you for being so patient while I both archive old stuff here and attempt to find time to put new stuff up. I’m working as fast as I can to get all the old stuff squared away so I can get back to ranting…

Anyway – saw this at the Milwaukee International Film Festival (hereafter known as MIFF).

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Y’know, they tell you not to make a movie with kids in it, and they tell you not to make a movie about making movies. But damn if I wasn’t entertained by this…

Short plot synopsis – Will Proudfoot (Bill Milner), a kid with Technicolor dreams raised by a strict Christian sect in Britain, befriends a kid from the wrong side of the tracks at his school, Lee Carter (Will Poulter), through seeing a bootleg copy of Rambo: First Blood and trying to make a sequel with one of those 80s camcorders with the umbilical cord.

I really liked how the director, Garth Jennings, made Will’s thoughts cinematic (and prety much confirms that if you’re going to make a movie, you’re going to need visual effects at some point or another). Also hilarious is the subplot of a French exchange student at the school, Didier (Jules Sitruk), who through being French and dressing like one of the Thompson Twins, becomes the Big Man on Campus – even with a mustache that looks like he just ate a brown sugar doughnut.

The only real problem I had with the film is how it marginalized senior citizens (another filmgoer likened them to being the walking dead as far at the movie was concerned). It’s worth your time, if you get the chance…

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