Sundance Review: Son of Rambow
by Alex Billington
January 30, 2007
Another film that ramped up its buzz at the festival after the first few screenings, Son of Rambow makes a triumphant debut and lasting impression. In Son of Rambow, young Will Proudfoot (Bill Milner) and his family a part of a religious group that keeps him out of the regular activities of normal life, including being unable to watch any television or any movies. When Will unexpectedly meets the school's rambunctious and most disliked "bad kid" Lee Carter (Will Poulter), he is forced into, under threat of being beat up, his snobby little world. After Lee Carter makes a bootleg of Rambo: First Blood that showed at the local cineplex, Will watches it and instantly becomes obsessed with mimicking Rambo. Throw in a classic culture clash of French exchange students at the school and Will and Lee Carter's secretive desire to film their own Rambo film to enter a television competition, and you've got the makings of one most exciting films at Sundance.
Son of Rambow is at the very base simply all about the love for movies that all starts and ends in the theater. It shows just how incredibly classic films can become and how great of an impact they can have. The performances are all great, from the young elementary school leads to the supporting cast. The best part is just the story itself and enjoy it as it plays out. It's uniquely independent and uniquely international. It would be impossible to find this same determination and entertainment from an American director. Every last scene and the film's rather extravagant and appropriately long plot are all positive facets that help define Son of Rambow and how truly entertaining it actually is. I could even compare it to Hook, and I can only hope that we'll be quoting and remembering it for as long as we've remember Hook as well. This is one of the few I'm very much looking forward to watching again.