Review: The Angel’s Share

The Angel’s Share
is something of a film with two halves from British director Ken Loach.

I don’t normally go in for movies driven by modern socialism issues, but this film stayed in my local cinema for months and I was interested to see what it was all about!

The film follows four youths who have been given community service in Glasgow, most specifically new father Robbie. The film begins bleakly; he only manages to escape prison time due to his reforming nature upon becoming a father, and the film proceeds to follow his goal to give his son the best chance to have a family.
While his past claws back at Robbie in the form of thugs out to kill him, his community service leader gives him and his group a chance to see a whiskey distillery. While there, Robbie has a plan to make enough money to allow his new family a chance.

Like I say, the beginning of the film is bleak and has an intensity about it that threatens you to believe that will be all you’re getting. But when the group get to the distillery and hatch their plan, the film grows a very British down-and-out sense of humour, it almost reminded me of a less pretentious Stone of Destiny. I will say though the character of Albert irked me in his deliberate stupidity. One scene has him pointing at Edinburgh Castle and ask things like: “What is that??” “Why’s it up there??” Seriously…?

I don’t know, The Angel’s Share didn’t do that much for me… It has some very honest and good moments (especially around the community serviceman Harry) and the last thirty to sixty minutes are probably its best part, but I suppose it isn’t my sort of film at the end of the day.

If you like comedy dramas that are a slice-of-life, both in the UK and Scotland specifically, give it a shot.


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