TIFF – Film Review: “The Banshees of Inisherin” (Searchlight Pictures)


Colin Farrell gives an Oscar-worthy performance in director Martin McDonagh’s beautiful story of friendship gone wrong on a small island off the coast of Ireland.

It’s the time of the Irish Civil War, and on the island of Inisherin, Padraic (Colin Farrell) wakes up one morning, to find that his best friend Colm (Brendan Gleeson) doesn’t want to be his friend anymore. . Shocked, Padraic seeks advice from his sister Siobhan (Kerry Condon) who urges him to leave Colm alone.

Unable to let go of the friendship, especially since Colm hasn’t told him why, Padraic with the help of Dominic (Barry Keoghan) sets out to find out why Colm broke up with him. The more Padraic can’t let go, the more Colm is willing to take extreme measures to end the friendship.

fans of In Brugge will be clamoring to see this latest collab between the director and the stars, but what’s truly amazing is Colin Farrell’s magnificent performance. I’ve always enjoyed Farrell, from his early action shots to quieter movies like Lobster. The Banshees of Inisherin is a once-in-a-lifetime role, which Farrell brings to life on screen with perfection.

The entire movie rests on Farrell’s shoulders, and he delivers a knockout performance as Padraic. The innocence and naivety that Farrell brings to Padraic is incredible. Audiences will truly connect with him from the first moment on screen. This movie is very funny and always funny thanks to Farrell’s incredible timing with the rest of the cast.

Brendan Gleeson and Kerry Condon are brilliant in their roles, and although Gleeson spends much of the film not explaining his actions, the subtlety of his performance and the nuances of his facial expressions allow the audience to understand the state of spirit of Colm.

Dominic by Barry Keoghan is the final part of this wonderful set. At first, Dominic seems to be the joke of the island. However, there is a lot of intelligence and wisdom in this character that would be lost without Keoghan’s incredible talent.

Martin McDonagh not only brought his talented men together again, but he created a film that surpasses the spirit and wonder of their first couple, In Brugge.

The Banshees of Inisherin seems like a simple story about the end of a friendship. The truth is, McDonagh dives deep into a variety of topics through this simple story. The idea that Colm one day decides that a friendship with Padraic is no longer a good idea for his soul is a very deep existential theme to explore. Are we able to cut off the parts of our life that have no benefit for our satisfaction? Colm seems to think he can. At the same time, Colm realizes he is getting older and is desperate to find lasting meaning in his life that people will remember. Going to the pub with Padraic every day is not something Colm wants to be remembered.

Padraic grapples with the idea that he may not be the nice person he thought he was. For as long as he can remember, Padraic and Colm would always go to the pub for a drink at 2 a.m. on a changing day, and his inability to reconcile the end of that friendship is a human instinct. This abrupt end to his friendship forces Padraic to learn a lot about himself.

McDonagh has woven such a tight narrative that it doesn’t take much screen time for the actors to show how the Civil War affects them. By observing how often gunshots from the mainland can be heard or discussing current events in the pub, the island can be spared the bloodshed, but not the fear of violence.

The Banshees of Inisherin is expected to make it to critics’ top ten list this year and is sure to deliver an Oscar nomination and hopefully a win for Colin Farrell.


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