The Angels' Share (2013)
Critic Consensus: The Angels' Share is a surprisingly delightful, uplifting comedy that successfully blends a charming story of redemption with bits of dark humor and a social message.
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Modest in scale, expansive in emotions, this movie is a rarity: a contemporary tragicomedy.
Despite its ultimate sense of optimism, the Glasgow-set dramedy nevertheless carries a sense of foreboding. And yet, that might not have been the intention.
The result is a sometimes gritty, occasionally charming Highland hybrid, but the final balance feels slightly off-kilter.
Loach takes us through the mysteries of whisky making, exploring the subtle tastes and scents in ways that will have audiences wishing they had a dram at hand. But a glass also serves more symbolic purposes ...
If you want to look for it, you'll find a layer of metaphor (the distilling process as a symbol of the characters' evolution) and social-realist commentary amid the gentle, life-affirming laughs.
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Ken Loach and Paul Leverty balance drama and humor quite well in this playful but realistic story that has a good heart and never loses its grip. It is really like savoring a fine Scotch whiskey - a real pleasure to the senses that makes you always want some more.
Maybe it is just me, but I was completely bored. I only made it about 40 min in, and I had to turn it off.
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