The Banshees of Inisherin

The Banshees of Inisherin ★★★★★

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"Do you really believe God gives a damn about miniature donkeys?"
"I fear he doesn't."

Martin McDonagh is cementing himself as a modern day Shakespeare with his latest mystic-like fable, The Banshees of Inisherin. This tale is one of a mismatched, and possibly one-sided, friendship gone sour which begins as quirky comedy and turns into dark thriller. The humor is essential, but the more emotional dialogue is very touching and heart wrenching; both are performed to perfection by this fantastic cast.

There's an interesting discussion about artistry and intellectualism being at odds with simplicity and kindness, and it's Colin Farrell's character who transitions from a pleasant, uncomplicated person into a depressed, vengeful - albeit more interesting - person that is the true tragedy of the story. What are we willing to compromise to be remembered, and is it worth it? Looking forward to Colin's first, much deserved Oscar nomination after the incredible year he has had.

It wouldn't be a complete review without mentioning Kerry Condon's supporting character, Siobhan, who is absolutely the heart of the film. She demonstrates that people can be simultaneously interesting and nice, and that life is too short to remain in cruelty and bitterness.

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