list: film 2012

FILM 2012: #156. Wild Bill

An assured directorial debut from Dexter Fletcher, with an impressive central performance from Charlie Creed-Miles as the titular Bill, freshly released from prison and trying to reconnect with his two sons, abandoned by their mother. If the film were just that, it would be quite enough as it is - the attempts at developing a bond that never existed between them are touching, if sometimes hilariously inappropriate, and it’s these family moments where the film is at its most interesting. It is however unavoidably saddled with Bill’s desire to break away from his old criminal life, much to the upset of his former cohorts and employers. Though there’s nothing wrong with this aspect of the story per se, it does leave the overall film feeling a tad sluggish, as it hops through the inevitable narrative hoops. A good effort though.

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