The Angels' Share is a rousing crowdpleaser & is superbly directed by the great Ken Loach. About a heist for some of the world's most expensive scotch, the film focuses on a group stuck in community payback and their attempt to steal & sell the scotch to the highest bidder. Loach, as always, inserts a strong sociopolitical commentary into the film; [cont.]
FNC '12 It's Ken Loach light this time around in this fun but toothless film that has a hard time finding its voice. Loach puts aside his social realism and skirts the edges of farce or Ealing style comedy here and lets Laverty's script go unchallenged. Missing the 'sturm and drang' or pathos evident in most of Loach's work and by the time of the happy ending (??!!) the film is already becoming a distant memory.
Without getting overly spoilery, the realist elements in the early scenes are effective enough at reminding the viewer they're watching a Ken Loach film so that the conclusion, which would feel formulaic in a Hollywood production, has something of a genuine twist to it: Loach actually giving his hero a happy ending, and letting them escape their past. Even the use of the Proclaimers feels earned.