Saturday, May 31, 2008

Son of Rambow

I know, another story about little boys. But that aside, this charming story pulled you in. You couldn't help liking all of the kids in this movie.

Will Proudfoot is a quiet timid child who daydreams of fantastical characters and has a talent for colorful cartoons and stories that he illustrates in his notebook. Lee Carter lives alone with his teenaged brother, their dad having abandoned them many years earlier, and their mother living in Spain with her boyfried. This unlikely pair find each other and in the innocence and exhuberance of childish minds, they have an adventure that bonds them as friends and influences others around them.

Okay, I'm cheating a little and copying the IMDB movie review, as it says it better than I can:

"SON OF RAMBOW is the name of the home movie made by two little boys with a big video camera and even bigger ambitions. Set on a long English summer in the early 80's, SON OF RAMBOW is a comedy about friendship, faith and the tough business of growing up. We see the story through the eyes of Will, the eldest son of a fatherless Plymouth Brethren family. The Brethren regard themselves as God's 'chosen ones' and their strict moral code means that Will has never been allowed to mix with the other 'worldlies,' listen to music or watch TV, until he finds himself caught up in the extraordinary world of Lee Carter, the school terror and maker of bizarre home movies. Carter exposes Will to a pirate copy of Rambo: First Blood and from that moment Will's mind is blown wide open and he's easily convinced to be the stuntman in Lee Carters' diabolical home movie. Will's imaginative little brain is not only given chance to flourish in the world of film making, but is also very handy when it comes to dreaming up elaborate schemes to keep his partnership with Lee Carter a secret from the Brethren community. Will and Carter's complete disregard for consequences and innocent ambition means that the process of making their film is a glorious rollercoaster that eventually leads to true friendship. They start to make a name for themselves at school as movie makers but when popularity descends on them in the form of the Pied Piper-esque French exchange student, Didier Revol, their unique friendship and their precious film are pushed, quite literally, to breaking point."

Review credit:

Since the movie was British, we began the evening with dinner at Elizabeth's Tea House, an authentic British tea house offering teas is lovely individual pots, and British food you might never have heard of.

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