The Angel’s Share (2012)
Maybe in some irritable cultural rebellion I’ve found myself resisting anything vaguely social realism. A lot of it I just won’t touch with a barge pole, it’s not my cup of tea and I object to the way the British Film Industry builds itself around it almost like another rebellion to the bowler hat stereo-type. Ironic considering one of our other biggest film exports is the old monarch biopic.
Regardless ‘The Angel’s Share’ is hard to resist. I tried to resist it but I couldn’t, I admit, it surprised me! Unlike a lot of British Social Realism it showed us the outcasts of society living up to their reputations completely before it broke them down into the complicated human beings they are. It didn’t have to change them to make us sympathise with them.
In the end they substantially broke the law and we were all routing for them, it was glorious!
Wonderfully cheering feel-good film. Classic Ken Loach. Out-standing performances, confirming again the power of the non-actor in realism, and many laugh out loud moments. Good for the soul.