Spanks – 4.5
Director – Garth Jennings
Writer – Garth Jennings
Starring – Will Poulter, Jessica Stevenson, Mill Milner, Neil Dudgeon
Release Date – May 2, 2008 (Limited)
MPAA Rating - PG-13
If my family owned a camcorder when I was a kid, I bet it would have been something like Son Of Rambow. It is directed by Garth Jennings, who previously directed the smash hit Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (although Touchstone Pictures might disagree with the smash hit part). The cast is unknown here in America. You might know Jessica Stevenson if you have seen Shaun of the Dead and the show Spaced. I gave the film 4.5 spanks only because the film is on limited release so it might not be playing in a theater near you. If it is, go see it!
Son of Rambow tells the story of two unlikely elementary school aged kids who are making a movie. Lee Carter is the school troublemaker who is uses his older brothers camcorder to make a movie to submit to Screen Test. He meets Will at school and makes him be the stunt man in his film. Will is a member of the Plymouth Brethren religion, which its members are not aloud to watch TV and films, listen to music, or interact with people outside the religion. Will's wild imagination lays unused before he meets Lee Carter and is shown is first film...Rambo: First Blood. From that moment on Will imagination is set free and becomes the Son of Rambow. Friendships are forged and tested throughout the process of completing the film.
Even thought is film is under the radar and didn't cost hundreds of millions of dollars, it will be one of the best movies of the summer. It has everything the blockbusters have except for one thing...originality.