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Son Of Rambow (2008/Paramount DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C     Film: C



I like the small film that breaks out as much as anyone, but Garth Jennings’ Son Of Rambow (2008) about two young boys who find an unlikely friendship with one in a single mother household missing his father and turning out to be good at sketching at an early age, while the other wants to make a film after seeing the first Rambo film with Sylvester Stallone.   They are believable; it has some good comedy and an interesting situation, but never takes off as much as it could have.


As I watched, I was reminded of Michel Gondry’s recent film Be Kind Rewind (reviewed elsewhere on this site) in which the leads (both males) have to remake a bunch of films since the VHS tapes were accidentally wiped clean.  That film also had problems making the most of the situation, even with the best of intents like this film.  In both cases, there is more to say and do as the films have character development issues, but Son Of Rambow is child-friendly enough and I could see it becoming a belated hit or cult item of some kind.  Unfortunately, it is average at best.


The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image is not bad, but a little weak and soft, while the Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is bound to its dialogue and even the use of music seems to be in the front speakers, but the mix is clean at least.  Extras include a group audio commentary (cast/crew/Jennings), making of featurette and the short film that inspired this film, Aron.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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