The film tells the story of two young brothers, Dean (Will Poulter) and Jimmy (Sammy Williams), whose mother for reasons unexplained has abandoned them to live in Spain and their father, Bill (Charlie Creed-Miles) has just come out of eight years in prison having previously established a notorious local reputation for himself. Both boys live together on their own amidst social neglect when their Dad begrudgingly decides to bring himself back into their lives.
This is Dexter Fletcher’s directorial debut and the film has a distinct feel of Shane Meadows about it, with Fletcher pulling off a really accomplished drama. The film centres around the notion whether anyone can change from their past and it does a great job in avoiding cliche and really making you think about the dad’s character development.
The two brothers give great performances, particularly the older boy even if the fraternal resemblance is non existent! You really do feel for their predicament, abandoned and full of anger but deep down still desperate for someone to look out for them but whether or not this father is that man is certainly open to question. This is a really engaging family drama and the kind of film I imagine will go under many people’s radars, but if you want something not afraid to throw a punch, make sure you try and catch it.
Wild Bill is out now in the UK. Running time 98 mins. Certificate 15 (UK).
Comments and feedback are always welcome or just give the film a rating by using the stars at the top.
Review by David Rank