Ken Loach: The Angels’ Share. Review by Isabel del Rio

Ken Loach: The Angels’ Share. Review by Isabel del Rio
Isabel del Rio

Ken Loach’s last movie is a comedy: The Angels’ Share.

Ken Loach. The Angels Share

Ken Loach. The Angels Share

The Angels’ Share by Ken Loach is a fantastic comedy. Read Isabel del Rio review.

Yesterday, I saw this film (2012) by Ken Loach.

If we speak about Ken Loach, we are speaking about the best cinema. More than twenty years ago, I saw Hidden Agenda and I was impressed by its plot and direction. From then on, I’ve been following Ken Loach’s career and he has never disappointed me. I would like to mention Land and Liberty or Raining Stones too.

However, all of these films were dramas, politically committed and with tragic ends. Then, I don’t expect to see a so good comedy like The Angel’s Share.

The Angel’s Share tells the story of a group of young delinquents. They hadn’t committed great crimes. Their bigger sin was to grow up in bad families and worst neighborhoods, in Glasgow. Robbie (Paul Brannigan) is even intelligent and only needs a chance to overcome his past. Now, he is desperately looking for this chance because he just had a baby.

He knew Harry (John Henshaw), his tutor while serving a community service order, and other friendly companions of service: Rhino (William Ruane), Albert (Gary Maitland) and Mo (Jasmin Riggings). Harry has a hobby, he is a great taster of whiskey and Robbie starts to learn this art. He is good, has a good nose but nobody gives a job to a delinquent.

Scotland is a land full of big drinkers. Some are drunkards and star absolutely funny situations; some are elegant tasters or clients; but some others are rich collectors… Then, Robbie imagines how turning to drink might change their lives… Hilarious plan and tender end. Fantastic film very different to other movies by Ken Loach.

If you have the chance, see Angels’ Share, because whiskey shares its aroma with the Angels when you are in Glasgow!

Have a nice day!

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Isabel del Rio

Managing Editor at Yareah® Magazine. Author of ‘Ariza’ (2008) and ‘The Girls of Oil’ (2010)

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