Kes (1969) - Drama, Family

Hohum Score

18

Watchable

A young, English working-class boy spends his free time caring for and training his pet falcon.

IMDB: 7.9
Director: Ken Loach
Stars: David Bradley, Brian Glover
Length: 111 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 15 out of 87 found boring (17.24%)

One-line Reviews (34)

I was dragged up in the industrial north of England and feel uncomfortable, so closely can I identify with what is portrayed in Kes.

Finally, the story itself is extremely compelling.

In lot of ways this movie reminded me of some old fashioned and slower, Italian and French, coming of age movies, while in other ways this movie also felt as one that could had been made today.

today all as changed where there once stood a pit now sits an empty field.

This film has a really slow start.

Billy Casper has an empty life.

In spite of Billy's rather dreary existence there is a certain resilience to the lad which is captured beautifully by the novice actor David Bradley.

The backdrops are the drabbest, dullest grey, to match the shabby clothing of Billy and his fellow students.

I can honestly say that the entire class enjoyed it even those you at first saw it as a chance to fool about shut up once the movie started.

The narrative structure holding this picturesque idyll together mainly consists of predictable melodramatic incidents that endanger this relationship.

Voted seventh on the BFI's list of all-time great British films, Kes is an early coming of age film by Ken Loach, an acclaimed director who has been producing quality films on themes of social awareness for over 30 years.

' For those not familiar with working-class Yorkshire life, 'Kes' was - and is - often boring, dismal, and largely incomprehensible.

Viewing the movie from the point of view of society, we see a life that is bleak and dull for young Billy - and then, there's a chance to escape.

As you may know Brian Glover was a professional wrestler, but his portrayal of the gym teacher is stunning.

Nevertheless under the collective umbrella of a company named Woodfall they produced some pretty exciting stuff.

Lynne Perrie as Billy mother, doesn't have too much screen time, but she defiantly defies the usual cliché of a single mother who doesn't love her offspring, in this case, she is just incompetent to assume the job as a mother, she doesn't understand Billy and has too much grouch to the dire situation and a good-for-nothing Jud, even among all the domestic disturbance near the end, we can accuse her not love Billy, such a sheer insight of the dreadful reality of parenthood.

It's funny yet sad, depressing yet uplifting, and it's thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish.

If you are not english or have an interest in the country, it may be a difficult watch, and the very heavy Barnsley accent will surely put some people off, but it is a must watch and worth sitting through it, even in the moments where it does get slow.

Pretty boring.

Kes also has a moving and engaging story with realistic situations that has such authenticity to it as well, while the script is beautifully written.

Coming of age, done British style.

Set in a mining community in the north of England it tells the story of young schoolboy Billy Casper (Dai Bradley) and his unexpected attachment to a Kestrel.

Worse, it was certifiably boring for most of its run time.

The Colors in the film are very muted but add to the dreary feeling of the Main character's future.

Set in a mining community in the north of England it tells the story of young schoolboy Billy Casper (Dai Bradley) and his unexpected attachment to a Kestrel.

But the film is saved from cliché by the honesty of the acting and the quality of the direction; it seems at times as if we're watching a fly on the wall documentary.

Even the wonderful football scene dragged too long.

Life beyond 'Kes' the all-absorbing kestrel, assumes an even bleaker and more meaningless aspect than ever.

compelling and memorable .

Beautifully set and shot, but most scenes felt tedious .

Set in a mining community in the north of England it tells the story of young schoolboy Billy Casper (Dai Bradley) and his unexpected attachment to a Kestrel.

It has the muddled monotone delivery that is 24-carat gold kid-speak.

This movie was definitely worth watching.

As much as I am willing to trust my favourite critics when they see Ken Loach as a great contemporary director, I have to admit that I had to give up on "Kes" because it was really too boring.