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By Megan Bianco
Two decades ago, Hollywood tried to make Irish actor Colin Farrell the next big movie star, a la Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt. But now, it turns out, he’s more interesting as a character actor than a traditional leading man.
Farrell’s latest feature and third collaboration with writer-director Martin McDonagh Bansis of InisherinCo-stars Brendan Gleeson, who also worked with Farrell and McDonagh on the cult classic. in Bruges (2008).
Trailer for Banshee This might make you think the period piece is as fun as the trio’s previous hits, but in reality, it’s pretty basic in comparison.
Set on an Irish island called Inishrein during the Irish Civil War, Padraic Suillevain (Farrell) lives a simple life with his sister, Siobhan (Kerry Condon), where they tend their farm animals. Both are content to live their lives as normal, until one day, Pádraic’s world stops.
His closest friend, Colm Doherty (Gleeson), suddenly wants nothing to do with him for some inexplicable reason. While determined to find out what he did to offend Colm, Padraic is also dodging local nuisances: young Dominic Kearney (Barry Keoghan) and elderly Mrs McCormick (Sheila Flitton).
The first 40 minutes or so Bansis of Inisherin Is incredibly Irish and seems to make a lot of ado about nothing. This line fits perfectly with McDonagh’s general sense of humor mixing irreverent behavior with serious topics. But the final half hour takes a dark turn regarding Gleeson and Keoghan’s characters, which is also on brand for the filmmaker.
Farrell proves once again that he stands out most in modest, small-budget dramas compared to action-packed blockbusters. Gleeson and Keoghan are excellent, as usual, in BansheeAnd it’s nice to see Farrell back home in Ireland.
But I was most drawn to Condon in the cast, who I wasn’t familiar with before seeing the film, and am interested in seeing more of his performance.
However there is much to admire Banshees of Inisherin, my one problem throughout the movie is that I don’t understand why Pádraic is friends with Colum in the first place. We understand that Pádraic is an average man with no particular interests or complaints, so his standards are not particularly high. But why he would want to be best friends with such an obnoxious snob is a bit confusing.
If you’re a fan of Farrell or anyone else in the cast or just want to experience some real Irish culture and aesthetics on the big screen, Bansis of Inisherin Might still be worth a look.
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