The Angels' Share Reviews
He get's a second chance as he also get some better friends and get into the whisky business after visiting a distillery. They come across some very rare drops and Robbie, his good nose and his new friends are up for adventures.
Filled with humor, passion, change and drama this rather complex comedy has a bit of everything. It's not easy to tell what it's about as it can be stripped down into much. This is both a strenght and a little burden. This is solid but it covers a whole lot - maybe a bit much. The fact that it's not "perfect" is a big positive feature. The actors have some spoken errors, some bad footwork or other minor mishaps - but that's life, eh?
I liked it even if I lost the first 10 minutes or so. Ken Loach is a great director, but I have not seen too many of his films. It's sad that I didn't see it with subs. Scottish can be tricky to hang on too - so at times I was rather lost.
7 out of 10 whisky barrels.
An above average modern day Scottish tale that successfully incorporates drama, comedy, and a heist movie in one satisfying package. Director Ken Loach is one of few film makers who has the ability to create a largely true to life depiction of life at the bottom step of British life that is both bleakly honest, bitingly tragic, yet still comedic and enjoyable to watch. Above all else this is a tale of redemption that has the ability to show its main character as a real human being with both a very good and a very bad side to his life unlike so many films with plain simple good guys and bad guys. This isn't a rival to Loach's best work, but there's enough here to make this worthy of a watch.