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A UK Reader Saw SON OF RAMBOW... In Austin?!

Hey, everyone. ”Moriarty” here. Looks like AOL put up a lovely HD version of the SON OF RAMBOW trailer. I’m working on getting you guys a clip from the film soon. This is one of the first truly great films of 2008, a huge-hearted gem that I can’t gush about enough. I’m going to review it once we’re closer to release, but in the meantime, here’s one of our BNAT regulars, Reni, finally writing in about the post-BNAT screening of the film that was held in Austin. Reni’s one of the people I look forward to hanging out with each year at BNAT, and I missed that screening because I had to fly home early, but it sounds like it went well...

SON OF RAMBOW, the latest from Hammer & Tongs' Garth Jennings, is about a boy called Will, living in a strict brethren community on the south coast of England. One afternoon, Will encounters school rebel Lee Carter. Both kids come from complicated homes. Will isn't supposed to mix with people outside the brethren; and Lee's unparented home life involves looking after a meaner, older brother without help or guidance from any adults. In his spare time, Lee videotapes movies in theatres and sells them as pirate VHS cassettes. Lee's latest pirate video is FIRST BLOOD. Will has never actually seen a film before and when Lee shows it to him, Will is blown away. He immediately volunteers to be in Lee's next film, and soon the unlikely lads are reenacting scenes from FIRST BLOOD, angling the story to include the search for Will's dead father. But their friendship is tested when their school classmates hijack the film and a New Wave French exchange student, Didier Revolve, asks to play the lead role. Hands down, this was the best film not to play at BNAT. It's a sweet, gentle and funny work. Jennings balances the surreal and the mundane with a light touch. And unlike HITCHHIKER’S, it is uniquely his own. Deeply nostalgic for 80’s rejects like me, the film is laced with slang like “skill”, Radio 1 jingles and a clip from Screen Test featuring Jennings himself. Performances by Bill Milner (Will) and Will Poulter (Lee) are terrific. Poulter's pre-pubescent rebel even has shades of Charlotte Coleman's Marmalade Atkins. We saw SON OF RAMBOW in Austin. It's strange watching a movie that reminds you so much of home in another country. I kept flashing back to school summer camp in St Malo, 1985 and 16 year old scouse girls who looked like The Gymslips. Completely off topic except this was where I first saw RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II. Anyway it’s really good. You’ll like it. In fact, it's skill... Reni
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  • March 27, 2008, 5:30 a.m. CST


    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks


  • March 27, 2008, 5:36 a.m. CST

    Whats would be cool is if this is where

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    Sly will head. Some bitch he raped in Nam's kid comes lookin for patricidle relief.

  • March 27, 2008, 5:41 a.m. CST

    Really really can't wait for this

    by soulsonic

    Heard nothing but good things about it.

  • March 27, 2008, 5:46 a.m. CST

    Damn you Michael Bay


    Damn you Michael Bay

  • March 27, 2008, 6 a.m. CST


    by seppukudkurosawa

    I think I'm going to go have a cold shower.<p> </p>Also, desperately looking forward to this movie.

  • March 27, 2008, 6:02 a.m. CST

    Really, really bad trailer...

    by Tourist

    ...Looks like Be Kind Rewind. Cute, but not actually funny or touching. Some films can be a very hard sell though. Although material like this usually isn't. Strange that a commercials director can't cut an enticing piece of promotional material. Although, I doubt he did it himself.

  • March 27, 2008, 6:31 a.m. CST

    This film is excellent! Best film of the year so far!

    by masteryoda007

    I seen this 2 weeks ago and I must say that this is an excellent little movie. It remined me of when my brothers and I made our own version of the Terminator complete with ketchup for blood and tin foil for the metal endoskeleton.

  • March 27, 2008, 6:40 a.m. CST

    Missed it...

    by Mastidon

    Almost saw it at the London Film Fest last year but it was sold out and they had no press screaning. :(. I have heard great things about it.

  • March 27, 2008, 7:01 a.m. CST

    I saw the poster for this yesterday

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    when I was in the theater watching Horton Hears a Who! A really good Seuss adaptation because it's all CGI, but I digress. I got the gist of what it was about from the poster, and this review says I was on target. First Blood was actually the second movie I ever saw on VHS. What kid didn't want to run around in the woods and play Rambo? We did it all the time. We even went out and bought the huge ass Rambo knives, although we never ended up using them for anything more than a decoration. I should check this movie out and re-live my childhood.

  • March 27, 2008, 7:16 a.m. CST

    Shame about that superfluous W

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    Would be nice to see this one given its proper title Son Of Rambo, rather than that Rambow nonsense. Was that a copyright thing? If so, that's a shame. You'd think the owners of Rambo would appreciate what looks to be an affectionate tribute to their character.<p>Still, I'm looking forward to seeing this one.

  • March 27, 2008, 8:08 a.m. CST

    I've seen nine films so far this year.

    by Darkman

    The trailer for this has played in front of nearly all of them (but not BE KIND, REWIND, which seems like such a natural move). <br><br> Looks like a fun little movie.

  • March 27, 2008, 8:35 a.m. CST

    I loved the film, but thought the music was cloying

    by Lance Rocke

    There are a few music cues in Son of Rambow that practically sit in your lap and say, "See here? This is when you're supposed to feel happy/sad/etc." I wish they had Wes Anderson's people to choose some vintage tracks.

  • March 27, 2008, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Rambow is like like a CVS knockoff of Rambo

    by donwillymo

  • March 27, 2008, 10:02 a.m. CST

    There's A Reason It's Been On The Shelf So Long

    by Garbageman33

    Tonally, it's all over the place. It starts out pretty promising and offbeat, but right in the middle, it abandons everything that made it charming and becomes a bad ABC After-School Special about the power of friendship. What Lance Rocke said about the music, I feel that way about the whole movie, save the first 20 minutes or so.

  • March 27, 2008, 10:05 a.m. CST

    It would've been sweet

    by Series7

    If they got a Sly cameo in this movie somehow. I mean he showed up in Taxi 3 (fucking get that on american DVD damnit). But that was before Sly proved why he is a god among men with Rambo.

  • March 27, 2008, 11:50 a.m. CST

    the 'W'....

    by Uridium

    Was added to give it a 'phonetic' spelling, as a child would use. But if they had seen First blood i am sure they would know how to spell it correctly.

  • March 27, 2008, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Even though it didn't come out then...

    by Reel American Hero

    Shouldn't it be one of the best movies of ;06...or was it '04...I've heard about this movie about as long as I've been hearing about Fanboys. Just sayin'..