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The Banshees of Inisherin

“The Banshees of Inisherin”: A Tale Of Two Friends Plagued With Boredom


“The Banshees of Inisherin” is a dark comedy directed by Martin McDonagh and is the tale of one simple man leading a simple life who is suddenly informed by his closest friend that he doesn't want to be his friend no more, the reason being: "I just don't like you no more."

The movie is set on an island beside Ireland in 1923, nearing the end of the Irish Civil War, and it follows Padraic (Colin Farrell) who woke up in the morning to visit his best friend Colm (Brendan Gleeson) as he usually does, only to find that he doesn’t want to continue their friendship anymore. Padraic is set on a lonely personal journey to find out why Colm decided to abruptly and harshly stop talking to him.

A miserable Padraic, aided by his sister Siobhan (Kerry Condon), accompanied by the not-so-bright Dominic (Barry Keoghan), the son of the town’s corrupted policeman, endeavors to fix their friendship, refusing to take no for an answer.

The movie offers a very well-structured commentary on friendships, loneliness, belonging, and identity which are all timeless themes that will always attract the viewers, what is really interesting is the way the film used these general themes and created such a unique yet simple story. Perhaps it is no coincidence that McDonagh is best known for his complex screenplays that jiggle between humor and realism, especially in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”, “In Bruges” and now in “The Banshees of Inisherin”. The script allowed the actors to fully transmit all their complex emotions of confusion and sadness. It was also a very important tool that constantly moves the story forward and gives the characters the full arc they need by the end of the film.

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Colin Farrell does some of his best acting with his confused furrowed eyebrows look and his thick Irish accent; Gleeson also gave his best performance with his death stare and composed demeanor.

The movie’s ending can be a bit polarizing or ambiguous for some; however, it is the best closure for such a tale and is showcasing the director’s personal thoughts and disdain towards the idea of civil war.

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