Thursday, October 9, 2008

Son of Rambow

Movie: Son of Rambow
Like/Don't Like: How could I not like this?

As soon as I saw the previews for this movie I knew I would love it. Mostly because I think that little boys are the funniest things around. Especially when they're at that age around 9, 10, and 11 and they're just all freckles and arms and legs and energy and they laugh and jump and run and their whole lives are centered around finding adventure. They are just so cute. I think that God made them that way because when they hit 12 and start acting like they're in Lord of the Flies you're going to need those memories of when they were cute and funny.

The movie centers around these two unlikely friends who are out to make a sequel to Rambo: First Blood. They do their own stunts and camera work and they scamper around town getting shots in. It's hysterical. There's a little conflict and there were some legitimately sweet moments to it but it mostly is just fun. And it had kind of a timeless quality to it. Boys are boys no matter the time or place. It hit me about an hour after I finished watching it that it was set in the 80s. I didn't even pick up on that (this is not the film maker's fault. I'm fairly dense and what with all the kids these days wearing leg warmers and gold lame Members Only jackets I could easily get confused. Remember, I'm 80.) But it could have been set in the 50s or the old west or ye olde days of yore. Boys are always going to shove each other around and dream up crazy ways to hurt themselves. And I love them for it.

1 comment:

Jenny said...

I absolutely loved this movie. So much. And don't feel bad about not getting that it was set in the 80s. I didn't catch on until I noticed the music coming out of the older brother's car. But the first shot of the French kid had me going, "What the heck?! Do people still wear that stuff?" until I realized later that it was, indeed, set in that freakish time when people did wear that stuff.
I loved Lee and Will. I loved their movie they made. Loved the whole darn movie, by golly.