[Marxism] Fwd: The Human Lacunae in Ken Loach’s “I, Daniel Blake”
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Fri Oct 28 12:22:36 MDT 2016
She is at peace now, and so are the Tories – safe in the knowledge that
the UK’s premier leftist filmmaker has gifted them the fictional icon
they always wanted but did not know they could have: Daniel Blake is the
facsimile of masculinity, working class nostalgia and British reserve
that they might see in themselves, if they needed to bother to look.
This is from a review of Ken Loach's latest film by a guy named Simon
Jones who shares not only the surname of Jacobin's film reviewer Eileen
Jones but her insistence that film's deliver an uncompromising radical
message even at the expense of engaging the audience.
Simon Jones has problems with the main character's stalwart work record
that Ken Loach emphasized in order to ward off any perceptions that he
was "just another scumbag, pilfering the system of their hard-earned
So what's the point? Should the character be more like the sleazy
character William Macy plays on HBO's "Shameless", a series that is
based on the English TV show? Don't Simon Jones or Eileen Jones have any
concept of storytelling? In many ways, they are as clueless as David
Walsh who doesn't pretend to be anything except a dogmatic (but always
interesting) film critic.
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