[Marxism] Fwd: The Human Lacunae in Ken Loach’s “I, Daniel Blake”

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
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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