The Angels’ Share – review

Posted on 22/05/2012

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Ken Loach‘s latest collaboration with screenwriter Paul Laverty is warm, funny and good-natured. It’s a freewheeling social-realist caper – unworldly and at times almost childlike. Loach has for my money found a happy comic register – happier, I think, than his Looking for Eric – and it is an unfashionably uncynical and unironic kind of comedy. In many ways this is his most relaxed and successful screen offering for some time.The Angels’ Share could stand as a companion piece to Loach’s Sweet Sixteen (2002) or even his early classic Kes (1969). Of course, it also draws upon the Ealing picture Whisky Galore: an apparently gentle comedy with a harder edge than at first appears.

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