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Son of Rambow
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08.26.2008 By: Mathew Plale
Son of Rambow order
Director:
Garth Jennings

Actors:
Bill Milner
Will Poulter
Jules Sitruk

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Two friends (Milner, Poulter) use a video camera and John Rambo to escape from their unstable home lives.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I remember, as a tyke, scaling skyscrapers and slicing Foot Soldiers with ninja stars like the hero in a half-shell I was. To others (especially my parents), I was just a kid in a tree whirling sticks at the dog.

That’s why the kids’ story in Son of Rambow is so interesting—I was them (but without the camcorder). The boys are Will Proudfoot (Bill Milner) and Lee Carter (Will Poulter). Will’s religion forbids him from seeing movies (what a sick world!), while Lee’s hobbies, aside from hurling tennis balls at classmate’s heads, include bootlegging movies at the local theater. This week: First Blood.

The two become unlikely friends (and later blood brothers) after Lee cons Will into being a stuntman in his no-budget, backyard action flick. But when the lads scream “Cut!” and the scarecrows return to their inanimate form, they go home to forced beliefs, bullying brothers, and no fathers. What’s unique about their story is that these forbidden games they play aren’t an act of pre-pubescent rebellion, but childhood escapism.

Director Garth Jennings (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) does a fine job with his young stars (both in their debuts), who make their characters seem like they would fit in perfectly with the Stand By Me gang—if not just to give Jerry O’Connell someone to pick on and Corey Feldman another foulmouth to mirror.

But there’s got to be more to the movie than just the leads’ chemistry, right? Well, that’s all Jennings’ film really has—the story arcs very little after the kids become pals and the last third is awfully predictable. Even so, Son of Rambow is a fine little movie that records the nostalgia of something most lose as they age: imagination.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Director Garth Jennings, Producer Nick Goldsmith, and Cast Members Bill Milner and Will Poulter: The boys opt to spend the track reminiscing about the filming of Son of Rambow than get into the technicalities of their movie (Milner and Poulet’s mothers even join in). The expectedly great chemistry makes this an easy listen.

Boys Will Be Boys: The Making of Son of Rambow (26:03): This behind-the-scenes documentary compiles interviews with Jennings, Goldsmith, Milner, and Poulter, on-set footage, rehearsals, and a brief tour of the production offices (housed in a boat). One of the more interesting making-of… docs on recent discs.

Garth’s Short Film, Aron (10:47): This is director Jenning’s very amateur short film that inspired Son of Rambow. A fun addition.

Son of Rambow Website Winner (5:03): Production company Hammer & Tongs held a contest for aspiring filmmakers, in which the winner would have their short film featured on this disc. The winner: this Rambo-inspired action flick.

Previews.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Son of Rambow is light on story, but has more than enough charm to make up for it. The bonus features (namely the commentary and documentary) are enough to make the curious give it a rent.
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