So Son of Rambow, which premiered at last year’s Sundance Film Festival and has been hung up in rights-related distribution limbo ever since, came in second place at the box office in the United Kingdom this past weekend, with the British indie nabbing almost £1million in its first four days.
Set during a long, hot summer in 1982, the film — opening in New York and Los Angeles on May 2, from Paramount Vantage — revolves around two 11-year old scamps who, after seeing First Blood for the first time, decide to film their own sequel with nothing more than a camcorder and, natch, some imagination. That hearty across-the-pond embrace, its blossoming early critical support (especially when compared to the recent Rambo‘s still-too-generous 32% on Rotten Tomatoes aggregate Tomatometer), and my sincere admiration for director Garth Jennings’ work on 2005’s adaptation of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, may yet persuade me to check it out, assignment be damned. We’ll see. These are some of the in-field considerations one must juggle… wants versus obligations.