Saturday, December 29, 2012
My Name Is Joe
Joe is a rough-around-the edges recovering alcoholic with a troubled past. Almost a year clean, he manages a young men's soccer team and does what he can to scrape by in his depressed neighborhood in Glasgow. He gets a new lease on life when he becomes romantically involved with Sarah, a kind-hearted social worker/nurse. But Joe's helpful nature gets him into trouble with the local mob (not really a mob but I don't know what else to call it) and he finds that perhaps he has not been so successful in shedding the demons of his past. My Name is Joe was a really good film, although it was very depressing. I was really rooting for Joe, as he was such a genuinely kind person. I could see his fall from grace coming, but that didn't make it any less sad when it happened. I guess this is fairly typical from director Ken Loach. This was a moving story with great acting. 8 out of 10.