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THE MOVIE GUY – Serious love for “Banshees”

Posted at 12:02 a.m. on Friday, November 4, 2022

“The Banshees of Inisherin”

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Directed by Martin McDonagh

With Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Kerry Condon and Barry Keoghan

To classify

3 ½ stars

Allow me to put my cards on the table from the start.

I love the new movie, “The Banshees of Inisherin”. Right now, I penciled it in as my #1 movie of the year.

This is a deliciously weird comedy from writer/director Martin McDonagh. It’s the story of two men who are best friends, until the day when one of them, Colm (Brendan Gleeson) tells the other, Padraic (Colin Farrell) that he doesn’t want to be friends anymore. .

No explanation is given, leaving the residents of their small Irish village to speculate on the cause of the breakup.

Unwilling to accept that years of friendship could end for no reason, Padraic demands an explanation, which only leads to a harsh ultimatum from Colm. Animosity is mounting. Things get a little bloody. Still, I found myself smiling throughout this absurd breakup.

Writer/director Martin McDonagh is known for bringing a wicked sense of humor to his work. Here he’s drawn two tough characters who are so headstrong that it’s a lot of fun to watch them to see how far they’ll go.

Boy, are they taking things as far as they can go.

Credit Farrell and Gleeson for two amazing performances. The two are so likable that it’s easy to get invested in their friendship, assuming they’ll work it out eventually, but also quietly hoping their feud will last a bit longer.

Of course, they’re not alone in the village, which is populated by a cast of quintessentially Irish characters. From the overbearing police officer who keeps the peace with a punch in the face, to the woman in the grocery store who is so desperate for gossip that she reads everyone’s mail, to the creepy old crone who seems to be able to predict the future, it’s a show with memorably weird characters in every scene.

The only normal character in the series is Padraic’s sister (Kerry Condon) who dreams of a better life on the Continent, but worries about how her brother would fare in her absence. It’s a superb portrait of a pragmatic woman who is fed up with all the idiots in her village. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to find her nominated for a Supporting Actress Oscar in a few months.

She will likely join Farrell and Gleeson in the acting races, and McDonagh in several categories. Conventional wisdom says that “Fabelmans” and “Women Talking” are favorites for this year’s Best Picture award, but if there’s an underdog waiting in the wings to grab Oscar gold, in right now, I’d put my money on those “Banshees”.

Sure, with a name like Michael Sean McBride, I might be genetically predisposed to love a good movie set in Ireland (I also loved ‘Belfast’ last year), but I can’t shake the memory. of this movie.

“The Banshees of Inisherin” is the best blend of acting, writing, directing, production design, and engaging storytelling I’ve seen in a long time.

Like I said at the beginning, right now it’s my pick for best movie of the year.

Sean McBride’s film reviews, ‘The Movie Guy’, are published weekly by Port Arthur Newsmedia and seen weekly on KFDM and Fox4. Sean welcomes your comments via email at sean@seanthemovieguy.com.

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