"I am the 'Son of Rambow'"!

by Billy Fisher

So I am happy to say that I was able to see the movie "Son of Rambow".  I didn't know too much about this film before going into it, just the random trailer here and there.  But it looked like something that would keep my interest.

This movie was written and directed by Garth Jennings, who also directed "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" in 2005. 

The story is set in England in the mid 1980's, and it is about two outcast boys finding a friend in one another.  Lee Carter, played by Will Poulter, is the trouble maker of his school.  While Will Proudfoot, played by Bill Milner, is a member of a religion that doesn't allow him to watch tv or listen to the radio.  They meet at school and instead of picking on Will, Lee decides to use him as the stuntman in a movie that Lee is going to enter into a contest. During their filming, Will is able to watch his first movie; a bootleg copy of Rambo: First Blood, which impacts him greatly.

Will's wild imagination grasps a hold of the story of Rambo and opens up new worlds to him.  He convinces Lee that they should base their movie on the idea that Will is the son of Rambo and they are on a quest to find and save his imprisoned father.  The once polar opposite kids are now best friends and doing what most of us film geeks did as children, making a movie.  During the shooting of one scene Will drops their script and it is picked up by some kids at their school.  The word gets around the school about the script and the next thing the boys know, everyone in the school wants to be in it.

Because I don't want to give too much away, I will tell you that this movie hits all the points a movie should.  You believe in the characters and the story flows smoothly.  It was refreshing to see a movie that was true to how most of us felt as children. I had my doubts at first because there aren't that many good child actors nowadays, but I have to say that the two leads in this movie are going to be some of the best actors of tomorrow. It gives me hope that they will be able to find enough decent child actors to make "Ender's Game" one day.

I could give you the whole story and spoil the movie for you, but I would rather you watch the movie and enjoy it for yourself. So, if you feeling like you have seen all the movies out there right now, I would recommend watching "Son of Rambow".

McMurphy Out!