By ALEXANDRA REGUEIRO
“I, Daniel Blake” is the tale of one man’s journey to rise up and win at life despite his circumstances. Yes, you read that correctly — “I, Daniel Blake” NOT “Hamilton” is playing at the Hippodrome Cinema!
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s be a little more specific: “I, Daniel Blake” is the story about Daniel Blake, “a widowed woodworker who’s never owned a computer, he lives according to his own common sense moral code,” writes IFC Films. When a heart attack steals away Daniel’s independence, he unwittingly changes the lives of a struggling single mom and her two kids. “Graced with humor and heart,” IFC Films says, “‘I, Daniel Blake’ is a moving, much-needed reminder of the power of empathy from one of the world’s greatest living filmmakers.”
We at the Hippodrome are so happy to have it warming Gainesvillian’s hearts from Friday, June 16 to Thursday, June 22. Here are four reasons to watch “I, Daniel Blake” during its run at the Hipp!
1. Its story is relatable AF
We can all relate to something not going our way — probably all too well, amirite? What makes “I, Daniel Blake” so great is that it not only makes it so easy to put ourselves in the lead’s shoes, it also teaches us to stand up for what is right and use our voice to make a difference. KEEP DOING YOU, DANIEL BLAKE.
2. It features a realistic love story
Love usually finds us when we least expect it and “I, Daniel Blake” is the perfect example of this. Just when things are going wrong, Daniel meets Katie, a single mother who has fallen into the same bureaucratic situation at social services as him. Love blossoms from Daniel’s efforts of protecting Katie and although it is not exactly a fairytale, our hearts still melt.
3. It will teach you to be more empathetic
Nothing will teach you to be empathic more than looking at life through someone else’s lenses. In “I, Daniel Blake” Daniel faces hardships while being denied employment and support allowance and is seriously going through some tough times. After watching this indie film, the compassion will flood through you and you’ll be better at seeing things from a different person’s perspective. Unless you’re an evil monster, then nevermind.
4. You’ll want to hug the main character
“I WANT TO FIX ALL YOUR PROBLEMS I’M SO SORRY YOU’RE GOING THROUGH THIS” is what we would tell Daniel Blake if we had the chance. It is easy to empathize with this character because we could so easily see ourselves falling into his situation at any given moment. Come see what we’re talking about! Get your tickets by visiting thehipp.org or calling (352)375-4477.