Son of Rambow is one of those fresh, inventive coming-of-age films that, whatever you may have read about it already, youll be pleasantly surprised by what you find has actually wound up on screen.
The film revolves around the unlikely alliance of two boys, and their attempts to remake, or rather, reimagine Sylvester Stallones Rambo: First Blood. But, like all great British movies stretching all the way back to Ealing, theres so much more to it than that. Aside from the relationship between the two boys themselves (Bill Milner and Neil Dudgeon delivering tremendous, finely nuanced performances), there are subplots involving a supercool French exchange student (Jules Sitreks scene-stealing Didier Revol), a curious religious sect and a little bit of sibling bonhomie. All told, with its nostalgic recreation of the 1980s and the experience of growing up in the age of the video, Son of Rambow is like the flipside of This is England: one to file somewhere between the riches of Kes and the dreaminess of Billy Eliot.