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First blood or Rambo 1 came out in 1982, the year this film is supposed to be set, the first piece of eighties music we hear 'Close to me' by The Cure came out in 1985 and there is no sign of a time machine in Garth Jennings film, thus I say to you its starts badly and doesn't really get any better. This really was Jennings chance to redeem himself after the incredibly sacrilegious 'Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy', which I brought my dad (a massive fan) before I'd seen it which meant me having to apologise to him for buying such a rubbish present after I had, but sadly there is no redemption here. There's a saying that goes 'if you remember the sixties you weren't there' well the eighties portrayed here is the eighties people who weren't there imagine it was like, nothing like it actually was, an ideal and a fantasy. I would accept the idea that the smell of novelty rubbers would be more important than the government taking away your milk if it was played for laughs, trouble is this film just isn't funny and if you trimmed away all the overblown sentiment and meandering subtext it wouldn't even make a great episode of Grange Hill. The boy picks on boy, boy befriends boy, boys falls out with boy, boy makes up with boy story has been done to death and here with such a boring script there is no new life injected into it. At one point I was so bored I found myself noticing that a character in flashback had a facial mole that their future self didn't. 'oh don't pick on it, it's a quaint nostalgic memoir' I hear you shout, well then maybe it should be accurate and if its not about accuracy then maybe it should at least have been good. Instead we get twee, idealistic, fake eighties middle England, overblown with emotion and saccharine sweet characters, if Jennings's eighties was truly this Utopian then he was a very lucky man.
I heard about this "Awesome" movie at work and had to run out to see it. "It's geared to our age group!" I heard. Hmph. My age group may love Rambo but this crap is just insulting. I'll never get back the hour I sat through (walked out after that). It's S-L-O-W. It's brilliantly slow. I swear you'd have to film snails dating to get a slower plot with a climax much more exciting (the snails, I mean). I keep seeing that this was supposed to be a comedy, but where was the laughter? No one laughed in the theater. Maybe we're talking about different movies with the same title? That's the only way I can explain how horrible this was and how starkly contrasted these comments are to my personal experience. If you go to see one movie this summer make sure it's NOT Son of Rambow. YawnSauce x2.
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This movie annoyed me so much.
Instances - the stereotyping of the past, so yes, it's the 80s, so yes, everybody smokes all the time, like in the teachers' common room, and in the cinema; the crass stigmatisation of the Plymouth Brethren; the "budget" of non-pcness that the film allowed itself - oooh! they said "spazzy" - and the thought-processes that contribute to it - to show how non-pc people were in the 80s.
Clunking non-sequiturs - why was Didier ostracised right at the end of the film when there had been absolutely no sign that his fellow-students thought him anything but super-cool? A really irresponsible notion that you can light a cigarette by connecting yourself to mains voltage.
The suggestion that a man with a pair of scissors up his nose is an object of mirth.
Jumbled landscapes - derelict power station (?Notts) adjacent to rolling dales (?Dorset?Peak District) - or maybe that's what it's like in Tring, must go there - and accents - estuary, cut glass etc - like the film makers have got to tick every box of inclusivity to get their FilmFour grant - at least it wasn't Film Council, who have been responsible for some real horrors.
There were five minutes at the beginning of the film when I thought, good, I'm glad I've come to see this. Then the cringing began and I ended up thinking, why does the British film industry have the endless capacity to do this to itself?
My son liked it, though.
This film has to be one of the worst I have ever seen. Is it meant to be a comedy, as its no where near funny. Is it meant to be a Rom-com because its not that either, its just plain rubbish! Don't bother, most people in the cinema walked out, and so did I by the end. The plot is boring, the acting, average. It is a low budget film with a low viewer impact. Verdict: 1/10 xxxxx This film has to be one of the worst I have ever seen. Is it meant to be a comedy, as its no where near funny. Is it meant to be a Rom-com because its not that either, its just plain rubbish! Don't bother, most people in the cinema walked out, and so did I by the end. The plot is boring, the acting, average. It is a low budget film with a low viewer impact. Verdict: 1/10
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