Son of Rambow IMDB Review

Son of Rambow IMDB Review. It is the best Family movie. Director: Garth Jennings. Writer: Garth Jennings. Stars: Bill Milner, Will Poulter, Jessica Hynes. Generally, the world film industry is dominated by Hollywood blockbusters, with the US producing most of the main action movies and high-grossing films. Unable to compete with the budgets for special effects that the main American movie companies have, British filmmakers tend to find more success with comedy films, which are at the lower end of the scale in terms of production cost. Wallace & Gromit and Hot Fuzz are probably two of the most successful films from Britain in recent times, and both are low-budget comedies.

Continuing this run is the release of Son Of Rambow. The cast of the film is largely child actors, none of whom are particularly well know. Jessica Stevenson is probably the only truly recognisable face in the entire cast, and even then she will be unknown by most viewers outside the UK. The overall plot is set in the early 1980’s and follows a young boy, Will, who is in a family belonging to the strict Christian group, the Plymouth Brethren. Made to attend Bible readings, Brethren meetings, unable to watch television, Will is raised by his single mother (his father is dead).

He has a vivid imagination, spending most of his time drawing in his Bible, and in a bathroom stall at school. Things change when he meets Lee Carter, the worst behaved boy at the school, who quickly spots Will’s naivety and exploits it for his own personal gain. Through Lee, Will watches a pirated copy of Rambo: First Blood, and is enticed by it, his imagination conjuring vivid stories where he is the son of Rambow {sic} and is on a mission to rescue his captured father. From there stems the rest of the plot, following the two boys and their developing friendship and coming of age.

Son of Rambow IMDB Review

Son of Rambow IMDB Review

Overall, I thought that Son Of Rambow was quite an enjoyable film. It does build up quite a lot of compassion towards the characters, mainly because the crazed imagination and stories of a small child is something that pretty much all of us can relate to. My main gripe really is the fact that the film is mostly advertised as a comedy. With links to Hot Fuzz, I was expecting to find it immensely funny and to be laughing almost constantly throughout the film, but I didn’t find this to be the case.

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It isn’t that the comedy is too low brow, or too high brow for me. I just didn’t find it to be there at all. There were a few points where I laughed, and a few chuckles, but for the most part it didn’t seem like a comedy. I would liken it more to the likes of About A Boy that I would Hot Fuzz, because it feels a lot more like a drama with a few comedic aspects than a full-blown comedy film.

This is a good film, and though not one of my favourites of all time, I didn’t walk out of the cinema with the feeling that I’d just wasted an hour and a half of my life without gaining anything. I did enjoy the film, and it is heart-warming, but I would advise anyone who may think of seeing it that it is definitely more focused on the drama than the comedy, because the laughs are not that frequent. If you’re looking for a film that’ll make you laugh out loud every few minutes, then I’d move on and keep looking, because this film isn’t the one for you.

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