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By Megan White
Two decades ago, Hollywood tried to turn Irish actor Colin Farrell into the next big movie star, a la Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt. But now it turns out that he is much more interesting as a character actor than as a traditional leading man.
Farrell’s latest feature and third collaboration with writer-director Martin McDonagh is The Banshees of Inisherinco-starring Brendan Gleeson, who also worked with Farrell and McDonagh on the cult classic in bruges (2008).
the trailer of Banshees It would make you think the period piece is just as hilarious as the trio’s previous hit, but in reality, it’s pretty grounded by comparison.
Set on an Irish island called Inisherin during the Irish Civil War, Pádraic Súilleabháin (Farrell) lives a simple life with his sister, Siobhán (Kerry Condon), where they care for their farm animals. They are both content to live their lives normally, until one day, the world of Pádraic comes to a halt.
His closest friend, Colm Doherty (Gleeson), suddenly wants nothing to do with him for some unspoken reason. Though he’s determined to find out what he’s done to offend Colm, Pádraic is also dodging local nuisances: young Dominic Kearney (Barry Keoghan) and elderly Mrs. McCormick (Sheila Flitton).
The first 40 minutes or so of The Banshees of Inisherin they are incredibly Irish and apparently a lot of ado about nothing. This aligns perfectly with McDonagh’s usual sense of humor of mixing irrelevant behavior with serious topics. But the last half hour takes a rather dark turn regarding the characters of Gleeson and Keoghan, which is also characteristic of the filmmaker.
Farrell proves once again that he excels more in modest, low-budget dramas, compared to action-packed blockbusters. Gleeson and Keoghan are great as always at Bansheesand it’s nice to see Farrell back in Ireland.
But what drew me most to the cast was Condon, who I wasn’t familiar with before seeing the movie, and I’m interested in seeing more of her acting.
Although there is much to admire about Banshees of InisherinMy only problem throughout the film is that I don’t understand why Pádraic is Colm’s friend in the first place. We get the feeling that Pádraic is an average man with no specific interests or complaints, so his standards aren’t particularly high. But why he would want to be best friends with such an obnoxious snob is a bit puzzling.
If you’re a fan of Farrell or anyone else in the cast or want to experience some genuine Irish culture and aesthetics on the big screen, The Banshees of Inisherin might still be worth watching.