The Banshees of Inisherin: Movie Review

The Banshees of Inisherin Movie Review: Where Nice Isn't Enough

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Losing a friend is hard for anyone to bear. But what if one day, your best friend (and only friend) just stops talking to you and you didn't even know why this friend loathes you so much that he rather talks to anyone else but you. It's a simple premise but no doubt but "The Banshees of Inisherin" uses this as a starting point to point out so many deeper questions about friendship, life, respect, and love. It's a film that's more dark than comedy and it's one that leaves a heavy mark but it also threads the line between being artistic and being mainstream and will leave both types of viewers satisfied nonetheless. 

Set one hundred years ago during the Irish Civil War, two lifelong friends in the remote island of Inisherin find themselves at an impasse when the musician Colm Doherty (Brendan Gleeson) abruptly ends his relationship with Pádraic Súilleabháin (Colin Farrell). Pádraic cannot fathom why Colm would leave him behind and as the two become desperate to understand each others actions for and against each other, this leads to alarming consequences for both of them.

For a dark comedy film, "The Banshees of Inisherin" was simply brutal in so many levels - one that we didn't expect coming into the film. The way it dissected and dismantled its touchpoints was both thought-provoking but also extremely heavy and sad. There were definitely moments were its unique humor got us laughing out loud but expect these moments to be extremely rare. The film doesn't hold back when it wanted to to the point that it became a little bit ridiculous in its most climactic points. The chemistry between the main characters was also strong. From Farrell to Gleeson and to its supporting cast, we really found ourselves on each character and the relationships they were able to build (or destroy) in its almost two hour running time. Beautiful cinematography perfectly capturing the isolated and desolated nature of the fictional Inisherin was perfectly captured by Martin McDonagh in our opinion also. If we could pick one major gripe, it would be the loose connections to the Irish Civil War. Maybe we're not familiar with it but we just couldn't see any reason why it needed to be a major topic and backdrop for this film.  

Rating: 4 and a half reels

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