Summary: A cracking filmmaking debut from Dexter Fletcher, 'Wild Bill' is a heartfelt work with top drawer acting.
Somebody makes a quip that recently paroled Bill Hayward is "more like mild Bill" than his moniker 'Wild' Bill. Indeed he is. Ignore the admittedly great trailers, they don't give a true representation of the depth which first time director Dexter Fletcher is aiming for.
It's really a family drama set amid an all-too-well-trodden stereotypical locale - that of London's criminal underside, full of wisecracking geezers. But you'll forgive the cliches, this one's got heart.
Charlie Creed-Miles is exceptional in the title role. His eyes and mannerisms offer brilliant conviction, performing a likeable two-for-two of humour and emotion.
As Bill is out of the joint, he is forced to reconnect with his two sons after their mother abandons them, overcoming the hardships that he himself has already payed the price for. This is less 'Snatch' and more 'Kramer Vs Kramer'.
Andy Serkis pops up briefly at the end but by that point he's well overshadowed by Creed-Miles who delivers a devastating final blow. Watch out for Creed-Miles and Fletcher in the future.
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