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Great British cinema,
This review is from: Wild Bill [DVD] (DVD)
Wild Bill is the directorial debut of Dexter Fletcher (Soap from Lock, Stock) featuring Charlie Creed-Miles (Harry Brown) as Bill. Reformed, he returns home to his flat in a council tower-block after 8 years inside; Bill finds his 15 year-old & 11 year-old sons Dean (Will Poulter - Son Of Rambow) and Jimmy (Sammy Williams) alone. Abandoned by their mother who has fled to Spain with her lover, the boys have been looking after themselves for a while. Bill, initially keen to leave them to it, is dragged into looking after them by social-services and the details of his parole. But when 'old-friends' rear their head and implicate Jimmy, will Bill have to revert back to his Wild self to extricate his newly-found family from this mess?
A quality film from top-to-bottom; this is a genuinely warming film about family & the role a father plays to his children. We see the metaphoric & literal change in Bill as he starts providing for & defending his family despite having never known it himself. All of the cast provide excellent performances, especially the kids who have such a large percentage of screen-time and all of the villains are played by recognisable characters from the UK cinema scene (notably Neil Maskell from Football Factory). What follows is a touching tale of the interaction between a dysfunctional family & gangsters, with both halves of the plot providing propulsion for the other as the narrative oscillates back & forth - brilliant direction. This is what makes Wild Bill such a pleasure to watch for the 1hr34m duration.
Whilst this story might not be anything ground-breaking; the telling of it is impeccable. When this is teamed up with fantastic performances from the entire cast (bit-parters included) and a brilliant soundtrack (the musical timing is brilliant - the scene where Bill enters the old pub and the soundtrack stops dead is perfect) you have yourself one solid film. Highly recommended for the best British council-estate drama since Harry Brown but with a lot more heart & soul than your average gritty film.