Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Son of Rambow

Son of Rambow (2007) is a touching, funny little British film about two young boys who make a movie together and become best friends. I recommend the movie highly. It's rated PG-13 but it's not a film for children, due to some bad language and what the rating industry calls "reckless behavior."

The acting of these young kids is amazing, especially that of Will Poulter, who plays the bully Lee Carter (below in the photo). Lee forcibly takes shy Will Proudfoot under wing and makes him be his stunt man in a movie that eventually becomes "Son of Rambow." By the end of the film, Lee has experienced the stubborn love of a friend and Will has tamed Lee's wild self-centeredness.

There's a note of suppressed sadness in Will's life. His father died some time ago from a brain aneurysm. Will often breaks his mom's rule and visits an old shack behind their house, where some of his dad's things are stored. To bring peace to his broken heart, Will retreats into the world of his amazing drawings. He invents stories that become part of his and Lee's movie. Lee grows to appreciate the talents of his young apprentice.

The Bible celebrates friendship like the one portrayed in Son of Rambow. "Two are better than one," says the writer of Ecclesiastes. "Pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up." Jesus, of course, is the best of friends. At one point in the movie, Will says to Lee, "Good morning, Lee Carter. I'm here to help you." Without knowing the truth of his words, Lee replies, "Jesus Christ!"

Will and his family are devout Christians on a journey to understand God in a broken world. I love the prayer they pray at bedtime: "O my God, I've come to say thank you for your love today. Thank you for my family and all the friends you give to me. Guard me in the dark of night, and in the morning, send your light. Amen."

Amen. See this movie.

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