After years of friendship, Colm decides that he no longer wants to engage with, or even talk to his former friend Padraic. Padraic refused to accept being shunned, and pursues Colm, who promises some extreme retaliation.
It's a film that gives you hope for the future of film making, truly original, funny, dark, it's like no other film I can think of. Worlds away from what I've seen on the big screen for some time. You don't know whether to laugh or cry, it truly doesn't follow any of the usual rules.
It is such an unusual, but pretty fascinating story, how on Earth can two grown men, two adults that have been friends for a long time, suddenly drift apart, becoming feuding strangers? It does actually happen. The main question here, is what changed, what pushed Colm to this point?
A story of ego, pride and stubbornness, it shows how something small can get out of hand, and escalate into something huge.
The characters are so rich, not just the two leads, but the likes of Mrs McCormack and the shopkeeper are great.
Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell are terrific, it's the best films Farrell has done for years. Barry Keoghan steals several scenes, he's brilliant.
The visuals are breathtaking, the landscapes, the shots of the animals are tremendous.
Reviewed by goshin347 / 10
This is a tough one to review...
I think, perhaps, you have to be in a certain mood to watch and appreciate this film properly. Patient, but alert and attentive to catch the subtleties of the slow-burn plot.
Oh...I should mention it is very Irish. If you don't know what that means, well... watch the film and you'll get a glimmer.
The acting and scenery are marvelous, as others have noted. The plot as a metaphor for the Irish Civil War and so on.
The strange sudden "unfriending" and the bizarre twists and turns it takes as a commentary on human nature and isolation amid a tedious present and an uncertain future.
There's no hand-holding and you have to read between the lines to understand it well. The humor is dry, dark and subtle, sprinkled in by small doses.
I suppose I must have been in the right mood to appreciate it, and largely absent expectations (other than that there would be good acting, which was so).
People expecting more of a comedy will be disappointed, I think, as will those expecting a light-hearted or uplifting conclusion.
Still, I thought it was quite interesting, and certainly different.
Reviewed by evanston_dad8 / 10
Funny, Sad, and Lonely Film
"The Banshees of Inisherin" is an idiosyncratic blend of funny, sad, and more than anything lonely, acted by one of the best casts of the year.
Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson are two friends who have a falling out because one simply doesn't want to be friends with the other anymore. Why? Because he's become aware of how quickly his life is slipping by and he doesn't want to waste it on dull people. The other takes offense, obviously, and starts out trying to win the other back until his friend's obstinance causes his simmering animosity to boil over.
At first I was relating to Gleeson's character because I've felt like him. Life is too short to spend on relationships that don't add value. But as his behavior gets more and more extreme and.....well....let's just say out of hand (wink, wink), we start to realize how unwell he is and sympathies shift to Farrell's character. Until we start to realize how selfish he actually is and how much his own actions are driven more by wanting to be liked than by concern for his friend. And that's one of the things I liked most about the movie. These are characters dealing with the existentialism inherent in being a human being living on the planet, warts and all, and we see ourselves in all of it, both the good and the bad. Though set in the 1920s, this very much felt like a film inspired by the isolation and loneliness brought about by a global pandemic.
The standout of the cast is Kerry Condon as Farrell's sister. She's an antidote to the male angst pervading this little Irish village. While the men are content to stew and whine and complain about dull pointless lives that they don't do anything to change, she gets fed up with how boring they all are and decides to grab her own bit of happiness. Also good is Barry Keoghan as perhaps the film's most heartbreaking character.
And lest everything I've written above makes this film sound dour and depressing, did I also mention that it's very very funny? Funny in a Martin McDonagh way, to be sure, but it'll have you chuckling if you get his particular vibe.