A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
They beat him. They deprived him. they ridiculed him. They broke his heart but they couldn't break his spirit.
A young, English working-class boy spends his free time caring for and training his pet falcon.
Only his second feature, Kes remains one of Ken Loach's distinctive, largely because the working style we now associate with him was first set here.
Gone are some of the more mannered techniques he had used in his BBC plays in favour of a more realistic, observer style that owes its roots in the Czech cinema he was so fond of.
Also gone is the uneasy compromise he made on his first feature, Poor Cow, to include a star name in his work in the shape of Terence Stamp. From hereon in, Ken Loach films would cast non actors and amateurs, real people in lead roles and none were perhaps so distinctive as the young schoolboy David Bradley who bagged…
3rd viewing. still absolutely slaughters me. This viewing was a far greater revelation for me though. Every single one of Loach's luminous frames clicked this time and quietly dovetailed into what I am now quite sure is the greatest Coming-of-Age drama out there.
David Bradley's face maps the plight of every child who has been denied the privileged, Disney Channel idea of childhood. His is the type of limited, oppressive upbringing that has produced the miserable bunch of grown ups populating this film. The phys ed teacher who dreamed of playing Premier League football and now has to live out the dregs of his dream playing against primary school boys. The Headmaster, who led the pack of troublemakers in his…
The shitty poster catchphrase implies that this is maybe an 'and-they-all-lived-Happily-Ever-After' story but more than anything Loach examines the changing UK landscape and the static architecture that resides within the landscape, slowly leading Kes into a stand-in antithesis to the coming-of-age film.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Ken Loach's second - and still best - feature is this stunning translation of the Barry Hines novel, with David Bradley perfect as malnourished Barnsley school leaver Billy Casper, who escapes the drudgery of pit village life through his friendship with a savage, graceful hawk.
The hawk represents hope, freedom, aspiration and poetry - none of which are allowed to survive in a Britain that kicks the shit out of its working classes, breeding only vicious alpha males peddling mundane brutality and sadistic teachers blinkeredly hurling their young charges onto the scrapheap.
Though it's lit by frequent flashes of wry humour, glorious music and cinematography, and moments of transcendent escape redolent with rare beauty, it's ultimately a chilling depiction of utter hopelessness; one that packs a devastating emotional wallop, tha knows.
There's something about Kes that is mesmeric that goes beyond filmmaking. Every frame, every line of dialogue is purposeful, it keeps the narrative flowing, whilst we the viewer become immersed in Billy's character and the constant barrage of impasses he faces.
The solace in a Kestrel in which Billy finds, is all the more potent when the evils of the finale come to fruition. It's at that moment that Billy's innocence is lost forever. Truly heartbreaking.
Considered to be one of the best British films of all times, I was really moved by the story and the basic premise of Kes. Ken Loach is a filmmaker I am mostly unfamiliar with and have heard some rather off-putting things about most of his work. Nevertheless, I have been meaning to check out this early feature of his which is widely regarded as his best work. Kes is a 1969 drama by Ken Loach which is based on the novel "A Kestrel for a Knave" by Barry Hines. A story about a boy and his bird takes such a jolting meaning. Do not expect a…
Impossible to watch without subtitles. Amazing performance by David Bradley.
I liked this more than I thought I would. Still not great though. This is the second Ken Loach film I've seen and I've kinda learned to hate him after enduring a year of film studies where we had to study Sweet Sixteen and hear a teacher talk about him like he was the second coming of Christ.
Much like Sweet Sixteen, this is another film about social issues, but this time in the UK and with a boy and his bird. I had a really hard time understanding the accents, so quite a bit of dialogue was lost on me.
Within the first 5 minutes you are completely against the lead. He steals a comic, chocolate bar, eggs and…
A heartbreaking 'coming of age' film that can resonate with just about anyone no matter where they are from. It has its moments of beauty though that make it worthwhile. It's bleak but it is full of life. The director goes on to make a handful of other great movies but this ones is more likely to stick with you than the others. Some might even argue that "Kes" is Ken Loach's best film. It bears a resemblance to older similar classics but I think the setting here is what makes it stand out from them. What makes this film have lots of heart is that it promotes education, knowledge, and following one's passion among kids. If it weren't for…
Quotidian parable with a simple lesson—other beings, be they hawks or children, are not to be authoritatively controlled but allowed to grow within boundaries. Loach owes much to teenaged David Bradley's mettlesome performance. The director takes his actor's smaller size and daydreamer's eyes as a jumping-off point to get into Billy Casper's head, and only through Billy's perspective does the mundane beauty/tragedy of his life become apparent.
Recommended viewing method: with an animal companion by your side and childhood memories of people being shitty to you.
The cover is more dramatic than the movie.
Sweet kid with heart.
now i want a bird
Kes is it's most lovely when it focuses on the films more pastoral and natural elements, even if those aren't quite the words to describe the film. Regardless, the film is well composed; namely the outdoor shots are handsome. Narratively, the film never seems very focused especially with an overlong football scene in the second act.
It's no 400 Blows and that's because Loach is no Truffaut and that's even evident after one film by each. Loach's approach is more momentary and sympathetic and I'm sure that appeals to many.
A great central performance and some beautiful, lyrical moments involving his bond with Kes. It's such an angry picture though. Loach even holds back from giving us many of those wonderful moments of the boy and his bird, he's so fixated on the stupidity of the brother and the school.
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