With mixed reviews of this movie, I was prepared to watch with an open mind and be prepared for any gratuitous melancholy designed to tug at my heart strings. What I found instead was a story that seemed all too real and very plausible.
It has been many years since I have had to use the services of the DWP for which I am very thankful. Watching I Daniel Blake gave an insight into the process which was both fascinating and terrifying in equal measure.
Whether it was the young single mum moved hundreds of miles away from family and friends or the guy classed as unfit for work by his doctor but fit for work by the DWP assessor both are at the mercy of a set of rules which can sanction so easily.
That someone who has paid into the system for many years who then needs to ask for help from that system can be so easily pushed from pillar to post is horrifying.
Ken Loach is known for his hard hitting directorial styles, this is not so much hard hitting as absolutely horrifying that any one of us could end up in that position within a very short space of time.
I Daniel Blake is a really good movie with a very obvious message. Even if you choose to ignore the message, you cannot ignore the knife edge that so many are walking on at this moment. For so many it will take only a short time to get to where they need the support of the state if they lose their main source of income.
I would recommend this movie for anyone and everyone, this deserves to become the Kathy Come Home of this generation.