The Banshees of Inisherin

The Banshees of Inisherin ★★★★½

Probably MacDonagh’s opus to me. Fascinating to see someone whose work I have generally thought of as bitter, cynical, and spiteful (in a clever and entertaining way) confront the way that bitterness, cynicism, and spite isolate and destroy people by deadening the things that kept their kindness afloat. And it’s so funny!! Everyone involved is at the top of their game but I’m particularly impressed by Colin Farrell. I don’t know how or why he looks so different here than he usually does but it accentuates his dopiness and sadness in a way that really makes you pity him, until you’re no longer fully meant to (at which point you sort of see the Farrell we’ve seen for years.)

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