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The Banshees of Inisherin

By Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Dark Irish comedy has language, violence, drinking, smoking.

Movie R 2022 109 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 16+

Strange and grotesque Irish folk tale

What’s more important, to be loved or to be famous? To be nice or to be remembered? A beautiful setting on coast of Ireland does not redeem this strange and disturbing folk lore movie. This is the theme of this Irish, pitch-black folk lore story that becomes a horror movie. Although it’s supposed to be a comedy, it sometimes feel like an assault. It’s not fun to watch, since it’s a dark moral fable about the abrupt end of a friendship. There are many grotesque scenes in this movie, but it’s also filmed in the breathtaking beauty of Ireland, and the characters are strangely idiosyncratic. It portrays a world gone mad, combining tragedy and dark humor. It powerfully shows the human capacity for self destruction. Grief, pain, disorientation, and vivid violence are woven together by superb acting from Farrell and Gleeson. The story goes as follows: Pádraic (Colin Farrell) is a simple man, living on a fictitious Irish island. He has a dull life, caring for a few farm animals. But that dullness leads to the end of his friendship with his best friend Colm (Brendan Gleeson ). Their falling out, over seemingly trivial reasons, becomes the entire plot of the film. Colm wants Pádraic to leave him alone, but Padraic seems incapable of this, so Colm says that he will cut off a finger each time Padraic speaks to him. This crazy ultimatum leads to contrived and implausible grotesquerie.
age 13+

Is It Any Good?

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While hilarious at times, with real laugh-out-loud moments, the entire experience of this Irish comedy-drama is spiked by a dark undercurrent. The Banshees of Inisherin constantly surprises the viewer, leading us down some disturbing paths. All the while, a sadness exists, working in perfect harmony with the film's more surrealistic elements. The film reunites writer and director Martin McDonagh with his two leads from In Bruges, and the trio's talents once again shine. Both Farrell and Gleeson are in top form and comfortable in their surroundings.

Farrell in particular is so brilliant in the leading role, bringing such a sense of sincerity to the character that you want to befriend him. The film also shines tonally. To be this funny, and this dark, and not have either compromise the other is a true mark of a genius. With yet another hit of a film to add to his impressive collection, McDonagh is falling into that very category.

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