Director: Chris Green
Writer: Chris Green (Screenplay)
Starring: Patrick McNamee, Sacha Parkinson, Max Boast, Patsy Kensit, Ricci Harnett, Jesse Birdsall
Plot: The story follows John Parker, a 19 year old from Manchester who embarks on a journey to Brighton, the spiritual home of the Mods, on an old Lambretta scooter left to him by his father. The film is a celebration of Mod culture and fashion and features music by Paul Weller and The Jam.
Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: The Pebble & The Boy starts as John (McNamee) loses his father, leaving him his house and his scooter, John wanting to spread his father ashes in Brighton, he looks to set off from Manchester on his Lambretta scooter.
John meets his father’s friends along the way, including one of their daughter’s Nicki (Parkinson) who joins him learning of the Paul Weller gig. As the pair head south, they learn the importance of what a Mod culture in the UK is and what it means to the people in it.
Thoughts on The Pebble & The Boy
Characters & Performances – John is a college student who has lost his father, being left everything he had, including his prize Lambretta scooter, wanting to honour his father by spreading his ashes, he looks to follow on one of his more famous journeys from Manchester to Brighton. Setting off without much of a plan, John learns about the Mod culture his father was part off, meeting his friends along the way, meeting new friends and having an adventure of his lifetime. Patrick McNamee in this role is brilliant, giving us performance that explores the grief process people go through. Nicki is the daughter of one of the friends along the way, she pushes him into continuing the journey, offering up the connections john wasn’t aware of, with her family remaining part of the Mod culture. She will bring the confidence to the journey, constantly helping John come out of his shell. Sacha Parkinson is wonderful too, oozing the confidence that is the opposite to Patrick, making their interactions shine. In the supporting characters we get to meet the people that knew John’s father in the past, each with a different story of their time with him.
Story – The story here follows a young man that goes on the adventure his father took on his Lambretta scooter from Manchester to Brighton to spread his ashes, where he will learn more about who is father truly was. The Pebble & the Boy is the perfect example of children not knowing the lives their parents lived before them, meaning only learning little parts of a story can be misleading until you learn about the rest. The journey John must go on is everything a young person will learn more than anything else about themselves, taking the chances on enjoying life will be what drives them on the adventure, meeting new people, learning different lives, understanding a culture never understood before. The story will put John and the audience through a range of emotions, as he is dealing with the grief he is going through too.
Themes – The Pebble & The Boy is an adventure drama that will see a young man travel from Manchester to Brighton around 270 miles on a Lambretta scooter to honour his dad’s memory. The adventure will give John stories, ones he never heard, ones he can now tell people. The locations along the way, show that people can make friends across the country, along with the perfect realization of someone who has never been to Brighton beach, learning there is no sand. The locations are used to show the walk down memory lane for the son, following in his father’s footsteps, in every decision he makes on the journey.
The Pebble And The Boy will be in UK Cinemas from 27th August
Final Thoughts – The Pebble & the Boy is a five-star refreshing coming-of-age adventure movie.