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The Angels' Share
Four Friends. One Mission. Lots of Spirit.
Narrowly avoiding jail, new dad Robbie vows to turn over a new leaf. A visit to a whisky distillery inspires him and his mates to seek a way out of their hopeless lives.
This one is from Scotland. The main character, Robbie, is the type of a guy that has been in trouble all of his life. When we first meet him he is looking at going back to prison....his only saving grace? His girlfriend is about to have his child...so the judge gives him one more chance. The movie paints a pretty depressing picture and makes it look like Robbie has no chance to turn his life around. But with the help from his community service manager and being a new dad...he starts to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Paul Brannigan gives a wonderful performance as Robbie. By the end of the movie you are really hoping things work out for him. Movie has humor, drama and even manages to throw in a heist. Final thought: An interesting look at a world that I am not familiar with.....worth checking out.
”Every year we lose almost 2% of the spirit, it just evaporates. Gone forever. We call it angels’ share”
This is the kind of movie that will cool down and recharge you after a stressful day, Ken Loach gathers a couple of simple, somewhat misshapen and absurd characters who are desperately looking for hope, happiness and freedom and makes one of the funniest, sweetest and most refreshing films of the year, a goodhearted and warm film which is at times breathtakingly thrilling and incredibly amusing. In The Angels’ Share Loach mixes innocence, simplicity and foolishness to portray some of the most memorable characters of the past decade who always choose the most illogical option when encountering new problems in their…
Much like Ken Loach’s own, Looking for Eric, his latest film also attempts to blend hard hitting social realism and broad comedic farce, and just like that aforementioned film the results are predictably mixed. Robbie is a delinquent desperately trying to change his ways since becoming a father for the first time. A community visit to a whisky distillery puts him, and his equally wayward friends, on the road to a new life, all they need to do is pull off an audacious heist.
It should come as little surprise that Loach is more comfortable during the first half of The Angel’s Share where Robbie’s downbeat situation and his desire to make a change for the better is palpable. The…
This won't do much for the Scottish tourist industry, that you can be sure of. Ken Loach has delivered another slice of realism mixed with a wickedly crude humor that stays just this side of profane.
A Glaswegian thug on a downward spiral has one last chance to change before he finally gets locked up again. After viciously assaulting a young man while high on drugs, he narrowly avoids a prison sentence and gets "community payback". His lucky escape was due to his girlfriend being heavily pregnant and his date with fatherhood. As he attends his community service he is mixed with a crowd of fellow delinquents all of which have their own problems. After the group leader takes young…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Rich, warm brew of social commentary and feel good comedy from Palme d'or winning director Ken Loach, that answers the age old question of what exactly the Scots have under their kilts. Its about a set of down on their luck community service serving Scottish youths, and their novel way of making it out of their bleak lives of petty crime (all be it by scamming the high society world of rare scotch whiskey collecting).
Iron Brew, Proclaimers, Kilts & Scotch Whiskey all add to the Scottishness of the movie. The actings a touch amateur feeling at times but Ken Loach's direction is as ever on the money, he's always had that kitchen sink style of showing the common man as…
Ken Loach's film is the rare comedy that seems to take place in the real world. While it is hilarious at times (particularly in the second half), it's also sad and quite heartfelt, showing the problems with British urban life and correctional facilities. Robbie is a character with seemingly no chance at advancing out of the hole he's in, and thus becomes a very engaging protagonist and one you truly want to succeed.
"Four friends. One mission. Lot's of spirit."- Tagline.
This films trailer, and poster for that matter, are so misleading that i (you) thought i was watching a different/wrong movie with the same name. Don't get me wrong, the start of the film is really good but it is just so dark/nasty that i was thinking....i thought this was supposed to be a comedy?...
It all settles down as the film progresses and you are left with quite a good film really (would love to have seen how the movie progressed if it carried on as it began though) that is acted well and keeps you watching.
Not what i was expecting but a descent watch none the less.
Loach's best film to date, though I have to admit I half slept through Jimmy's hall, which says a lot in itself. Also, whisky is great.
About as close to a crowd-pleaser as Ken Loach has ever made. It has sort of a throwback vibe, feeling something like a "young miscreants making a change" story from the 80's. It's a solid piece of work, with good performances (particularly from Paul Brannigan and John Henshaw) and fluid, unobtrusive direction. Laverty's script has plenty of good comedic moments, but features the same strong humanist core found in most of his work (which makes him such a great fit with Loach). Here, the idea seems to be how important it is for the young and troubled to have someone who sees them not as unredeemable delinquents but as kids who've never had the chance they deserve.
Scottish whimsy from Ken Loach that mixes hard social realism with an earthy wit in a charming kind of heist story. Demands a keen ear from those not used to the brogue, but worth turning the volume up for just so yae ken hear those wee gems.
Lots of heart, quiet humor, and Scotch talk.
In the end this is played far too broadly to have any kind of real impact.
It's hard to really classify this film. It's not a story of redemption, it's not a story of fighting for redemption, and it's not a story about the struggle to overcome one's environment. Hell, it's not even really a goofy caper flick.
The emotional core at the heart of the film lies Robbie and his undertaking to live a new life for his new son. There is good drama to be had here regarding this subject. The characters are defined enough to wear a focus on his struggle to overcome his environment would have made for a damn good film. Unfortunately, such was not…
I have missed all of Ken Loach recent films, but it seems they are missing the component that made his early films (Kes, My Name is Joe)
I believe Loach is at his greatest when he makes a serious film, but does not take a political agenda.
And while the film has no political agenda, The Angels' Share's conflicting tones is what ends up hurting it.
Loach is obviously more suited to the realist personal parts of the film, where Robbie is put in a situation he desperately wants to escape.
While it is not original, and Loach himself has done it many times before, this part still feels the most interesting part of the film.
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- Upstream Color
- Stories We Tell
- Clouds of Sils Maria
- Goodbye to Language
- The Homesman
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