The Rise Of Sir Longbottom: Review

The Rise of Sir Longbottom

The Rise Of Sir Longbottom: Review – Trevor Doyle (Daniel Main) and Kyle Johnson (Jeremy Behie), better known as Pocketman and Cargoboy are back after their first adventure where they travelled through time to stop an evil doctor from killing the human race.

Now back at school, their skills are to be tested even further and their knowledge of what’s to come may be the only way to defeat the evil Sir Longbottom (John J. Berger). However, with the strong bonds between the students and the teachers, it may not be so easy for Sir Longbottom to take them down.

The Rise of Sir Longbottom is the no-budget sequel to Pocketman and Cargoboy, the brainchild of writer/director Clay Moffatt. Presumably using as many resources as possible at his disposal (not many) Moffatt has inventively created a world where with a much bigger budget it could easily be a franchise.

The problem is that it’s really no substitution for a big screen blockbuster because the budget is so low that it may not hold the attention of the youngest minds. Also, the movie doesn’t really give the chance for any newcomers to catch up. It assumes that the audience has already seen the first movie and carries on as if they’re all caught up.

A line of dialogue here or there about who they are, why they’re there and what they’re doing may have helped, but it’s clearly not a priority. This is also particularly unfortunate as supposedly the first movie had already established so many characters and relationships.

So, unless you’re very familiar with the first movie, there doesn’t seem to be anything new to add to the characters and the audience are yet again expected to remember characters, what their relationships are with each other and why the audience should care.

Considering the low budget, there can be some things that could be overlooked, but for those who were expecting more then they may also be disappointed by the quality of acting. Overall it does have its charm and it may remind budding filmmakers of attempts they made while they were teenagers. However, for those looking for a fun film with good characters then they may want to skip this one.

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