The Banshees of Inisherin

The Banshees of Inisherin

Two lifelong friends find themselves at an impasse when one abruptly ends their relationship, with alarming consequences for both of them.

  • Released:
  • Runtime: 114 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama
  • Stars: Brendan Gleeson, Kerry Condon, Barry Keoghan, Pat Shortt, Gary Lydon, Sheila Flitton, Jon Kenny, David Pearse, Bríd Ní Neachtain
  • Director: Martin McDonagh
  • johnboysullivan-10104 - 13 January 2023
    Bit of a Let Down
    I had just heard that this film had won a few awards so sat down ready to enjoy it.

    Unfortunately, it isn't that sort of film, it reminded me of a Shakespeare play which everyone knows is fantastically well written but where most ordinary people struggle to get to the real meaning.

    The Acting and stunning scenery could not be faulted in any way and Barry Keoghan plays his minor role superbly. The problem is that it is difficult if not impossible to believe that someone would chop off 1 finger because someone spoke to them and even more unlikely that they would chop off 4 more because they were spoken to again!

    However if the premise is that the underlying message relates to the futility of the Civil War that was taking place and the level of self-mutilation that it caused to the country, it does make a bit more sense. For me that Allegory didn't really work and I would have preferred some level of explanation and even closure.

    Unfortunately it left me wondering what the main characters could have done to ensure a better outcome with the inevitable answer "No Idea".

    Please don't let me put you off watching the film as it is extremely well crafted, just not to my taste.
  • hector-61488 - 12 January 2023
    Where to begin
    In Bruges was a lot, a lot , a lot , a lot better. Its not the same movie, and I shouldnt expect anything like it to be the same movie, but blssdy hell.. if you can get passed the first 30min of Banshees you are well on your way to seeing the entire thing, out of pure endurance, to in the end just curse out loud you didnt stop before the 30min mark.

    Where did they ever think this was good. And subtle is good for me, but not even that. It was just.... the two actors seemed to aligned in Bruges , but here... felt like it was directed by the wrong person maybe. Just did not create anything inside with what my eyes and ears could pick up.