Well, this was a politically emotional and sensational film to say the least. I mean, to be fair it’s Ken Loach so that shouldn’t be too surprising, but there you go. Anyway, on to the review..
It’s basically about a father Ricky (Kris Hitchen, excellent) and his family who struggle post-2008 financial crash, being forced out of their house and into rent, where the parents then take relentlessly hard-working jobs. He works as a “self-employed” deliverer of parcels for a corporation, having to be on time with targets or else.
This all pretty much anchors the drama, which to be honest perhaps feels a little troubling in the wrong way. That’s because as much as we feel the humanity of Ricky and his family, with enough warmth on supply too, the politics seem too “one-sided” for my tastes. Mainly this comes from the company Ricky works for appearing too bureaucratic, too sensationally “evil”.
After all, although there’s genuinely people who suffer and this film helps stimulate a conversation, if you really want to get the message across effectively you should be as objective as possible, therefore encouraging both sides to the table.
But when it comes it, the film is quite well made regardless, the family’s humanity at least shining through! Also as a piece of art it overall succeeds but I’d be cautious about how you interpret the politics nonetheless.. See Sorry We Missed You though, as for example Loach’s definitively an important part of British film culture, so however “preachy” he might seem, his works in the end help stimulate a conversation.