Wild Bill (2012)
Directed by: Dexter Fletcher
Starring: Andy Serki, Charlie Creed-Miles), Iwan Rheon, Jaime Winstone, Jason Flemying, Leo Gregory, Neil Maskell, Olivia Williams, Sammy Williams, Sean Pertwee, Will Poulter
What is it all about?
Out on parole after 8 years inside, Bill (Charlie Creed-Miles) returns home to find his now 11 and 15-year old sons, Jimmy (Sammy Williams) and Dean (Will Poulter), abandoned by their mother and fending for themselves. Dean reluctantly forces his Dad to stay, but when Jimmy finds himself in trouble with Bill’s old drug-dealing mates, Bill has to decide what kind of Dad he really wants to be – a good one or a free one…
The Hughes Verdict!
Gangster films, especially made in Britain are the norm on the DVD Market. Every Monday the shelves in the local Blockies are either packed with numerous titles regarding a Football Hooligan or of a character who gets sucked into the life of the underground world. Usually the person you see staring back at you on the DVD sleeve is the face of Danny Dyer and the bad guy comes in the shape of Billy Murray or some other Ex Eastender acting the big man! Its a puzzle in my eyes that they are still so popular when they all offer basically the same stuff!
When Wild Bill ended up on my lap, you can understand why I gave out a sigh of despair. I mean, did I really want to see the same recycled stuff all over again. Well the old saying of “Do Not Judge A Book By Its Cover!” really does apply to this remarkable and quite stunning film which already enters my Top Ten films of 2012 and full praise goes to Press Gang’s Dexter Fletcher who really creates a film to remember in his directing debut!
The three stars of the show are Charlie Creed-Miles (Bill) and Sammy Williams (Jimmy) and Dean ( a powerful young talent in the shape of Wil Poulter) who are so immense that they just simply blow you away with their portrayal of a broken family. Jimmy and Dean have been left alone for months thanks to their mother doing a midnight runner and poor Dean has been carrying the whole weight on his shoulder. Trying to do right and not follow the path of drugs and crime, every knock on the door is a worry in case its the social services turning up to take his young brother Jimmy away, something Dean will simply not let happen.