Wild Bill (2011) MIFF, Film Review


Since the days of Alfie, depressing reality has been a regular genre in British cinema, and often the offerings are a representation of a dull and horrible life interrupted by some shocking, over-the-top event that may or may not be resolved adequately by the end of the film.

There’s something different about Wild Bill, and I spent some time trying to figure out what it was. Essentially, I think the difference is heart. The film tells the story of ‘Wild’ Bill Hayward (Charlie Creed-Miles) as he is released from prison and returns home to find his ex-wife has abandoned his two children. The oldest, 15-year-old Dean(Will Poulter) is working and taking care of 11-year-old Pill (Sammy Williams), who is starting to get out of control.

The film is carried by Will Poulter, who portrays the anger and confusion of  an abandoned teenager with strength. It’s a serious story with some quite graphic violence, and yet there is also quite a surprising amount of humour.

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