By Clint Morris
Sweet, Charming, Funny and (letâ€™s be honest) original arenâ€™t words usually associated with Rambo â€“ which is perhaps why this oneâ€™s actually called Ramboâ€™wâ€™? â€“ but even John J himself, who canâ€™t shed a tear even why removing wedged-in bullets from his abdomen, will be hard pressed keeping his tears ducts stationary with this cute new British pic.
What sounds like a cheap direct-to-video sequel to the Rambo movies â€“ which, again, is perhaps the reason they added a â€˜Wâ€™ to the end of â€˜Ramboâ€™ (though itâ€™s probably more go to do with copyright) â€“ is actually a small family dramedy about two kids who donâ€™t so much live like Rambo, as they do live through him.
Set on a long English summer in the early 80’s, Rambow tells the tale of two kids from different side of the tracks, Will (Bill Milner), the eldest son of a fatherless Plymouth Brethren family, and Lee Carter (Will Poulter), a school nuisance and local trouble-maker, who form an unlikely friendship â€“ and a small utilitarian movie-making business.
With Will in the lead, Son of Rambow, will see the fictional heroâ€™s unknown son take on flying dogs (thereâ€™s an amusing scene where the dog, a plastic Guide Dog statue with a kite tied to it, comes crashing through the window of a school-room, occupied by a teacher who just happens to be trimming his nose hairs at the time), ninjaâ€™sâ€¦ and anything else they can put together at a momentâ€™s notice On his mission, Rambow Jr will find himself assisted by a fellow strongman, played by a Pied Piper-esque French exchange student named Didier Revol (who, for some god unknown reason, all the English girls are crazy about).
Since Will isnâ€™t supposed to watch Television, let alone movies (especially not â€œFirst Bloodâ€!), itâ€™s a big no-no that heâ€™s spending his time working on the film with his new friend. It ultimately leads to punishment â€“ not necessarily for him, but his family.
And the experience changes Leeâ€™s life forever, too. He not only finds a friend he can count on, but rediscovers his relationship with his brother Lawrence (Ed Westwick) in the meantime.
And itâ€™s all because of Rambo â€“ er, Rambow.
Made for, Iâ€™m guessing, a smidgen of what itâ€™d cost to have made even the first Rambo, director Writer/Garth Jenningsâ€™ â€˜â€™Son of Rambowâ€™â€™ is further verification that all you really need to crack the film business â€“ besides a good agent â€“ is a â€œgood ideaâ€. The idea here is original â€“ though its execution may not be as fresh; a lot of the film plays fairly predictable â€“ and itâ€™s padded with enough real human emotion, and genuinely likeable, fleshy, characters, to make it a winner.
A small offering of extras – but all good. There’s commentary from the director, the director’s short film, and a making-of.
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Against the Current - the band, not adventures in dangerous swimming 101
Zedd - If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy? (Well, answer my question!)
Arrow (Okay, Felicity from Arrow!)
Chrissy Costanza (cat eyes and buttery lyrics!)
Girls (TV) (Okay, Allison Williams!)
Movies - especially when they play in the dark.
Twin Peaks (TV)
Friends (TV) (It had me at "No way are you cool enough to pull Clint"; damn straight, Chandler!)
Traveling - preferably where water is, so I can splash someone!
Star Wars trilogy - no, the other one, fella!
Alex G - far more talented than her younger brother Alex H
Cameron Crowe movies - Say Anything..., Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous
The sign 'Free Wi-Fi'.
Reenacting dance/song scenes from "Grease" with my little girl (hey! Wait till you see my 'Summer Lovin'! - don't judge)
Die Hard - 40 stories of Sheer Adventure!
Alex Goot & Friends (his enemies aren't half as talented!)
Cooking up a nice dish and sitting in the entertainment area, on a cool night, basking in it's greatness.
Inflatable kids pools full of Vodka Lime Crush.
Acidic Email from angry, over passionate teenagers after I trash something "Twilight"-related on the site. Sparkle elsewhere.
My baby girl's big, caring heart.