Friday, April 24, 2015
Jimmy's Hall (2014) Tribeca 2015
I tend to shy away from Ken Loach films. To my mind he's a filmmaker who makes serious political films that frequently can be dark. While there is no doubt that his films are very good, they are frequently not where I want to go. JIMMY'S HALL, while very political is also a film that's very much alive and not dark.
What I like about the film is that the film is largely a slice of life. Its a film about fighting for the right to think and do what one feels is right. ts a film that is populated with great characters. Even Jim Norton's Father Sheridan, the bane of Gralton's existence, is a nicely drawn character.
This film surprised the hell out of me. It made be sit up and smile and lean in so that I could be a conspirator to getting the hall open.
This may not be the best film ever made, but it is a damn entertaining one.