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This review is from: Son Of Rambow [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Will, a boy from a deeply religious family background is forbidden to watch TV or play with any bad influences at school, however he becomes involved with Lee Carter the school bully and ends up watching his first film - `Rambo: First Blood', and from that moment on his life is changed...
...Although Lee seems brash and aggressive, we get an insight into his home-life, a family damaged by parental absence. He is actually a very creative boy with a passion for film, and he dreams of winning a TV competition for youth film makers. It is the wide-eyed innocent Will though who becomes his friend and helps him to try and realise his dream.
Son Of Rambow touches on issues of religion without `taking sides', it simply highlights the sacrifices some make in order to celebrate their faith, and the memory Will's mum has over having to get rid of her treasured music is a very poignant moment in the film and helps to cement an empathy with her son and how he must be feeling in a modern age with the restrictions the Brethren.
The main focuses of this film though are friendship and bullying. Both are very closely linked, the cliché of bullies usually being victims themselves is an apt one, and it's no different here. We see bullies become victims and we see those who are revered by many also be looked down at by others. The message is tenderly spoonfed in a gentle film, it's mainly the acting of young Bill Milner who makes the film an endearing watch. He manages to come across as a genuinely excited boy who is excited by the world and what it has to offer, you never feel as though he is acting, he looks so natural in the role.
In a nutshell: I enjoyed this film, but I didn't love it. I felt it could have been a little more gritty, got a bit more involved, but instead it always seemed as though it was stepping back and keeping its mouth shut rather than saying everything it wanted to say. It's a feelgood film though and it fills an hour and a half with life through the wyes of two very different boys who have more in common than they first thought.
Location: Doncaster, Yorkshire, UK.
Top Reviewer Ranking: 138