The Banshees of Inisherin (2022)
Title: The Banshees of Inisherin
Genre: Comedy | Drama |
Runtime: 114 min
Director: Martin McDonagh
Starring: Colin Ferrell, Brendan Gleeson, Barry Keoghan
Two lifelong friends find themselves at an impasse when one abruptly ends their relationship, with alarming consequences for both of them.
ACTING YES! PLOT? FECKING NO!
The Banshees of Inisherin strives hard to make it more complicated than it is, stating that it’s a drama-comedy when it’s just odd jokes and a cryptic Irish language few outside the UK understand without a dictionary.
It’s an attempt to appeal to a broader audience, with a civil war raging in the background; as a metaphor for the plot itself. A lot of things happen in a village out on a remote island during the early 1920s. Just because it happens, doesn’t mean it’s good things happening. For starters, the whole fecking story is about two men arguing about friendship and not being nice. Colm is breaking up with Padraic as a friend. The reason is that he’s dull but Padraic, normally Patrick, can’t accept that fact. The conflict keeps escalating, there’s some death, fingers cut off, house burning, and animals hurting. But neither does the conflict resolution nor the plot.
Colin Ferrell as Padraic is sympathetic and occasionally funny, I suppose, but he does give his best in the role. Not too much detail is revealed and stands out as a two-dimensional character. Brendan Gleeson as Colm is a bitter man with a few words, dancing around with his dog but in the end… this dynamic doesn’t flourish the plot of the film or deepen their ambition to solve this problem. The problem here is that even with the conflict evolving by the end, the character didn’t change. They’re still not friends, so the conclusion doesn’t break the tipping point here.
Kerry Condon is one of the better casts in this film. She has nothing to do with the plot and doesn’t affect it much but has such a nice dynamic relationship with her brother Padraic. She is humane and the sibling relationship comes into effect in the story of this film. Barry Keoghan as Dominic Kearney is also a nice supporting choice, a humble dimwitted youngling befriending Padraic and undergoes domestic violence by his father. His passing is somewhat unexplained. The film never goes into deep details about this or elaborates further in necessary reports.
The problem with this film is that it doesn’t have a concrete story, it doesn’t dwell deep into people’s experiences or history. It just is. It doesn’t have a real plot. Why Colm tosses his five fingers at Padraic’s door by the end is abstract and a little contrary, considering he would be dead by the end. However, it’s a nice, strange film standing out from the crowd. The music is nice and thematic. The costume design feels adjusted for the time period and the cinematography makes it watchable.
The only reason to watch this, for real, is the emotional aspect this character and actors give us. And that doesn’t say much for a celebrated feature film.