Calvary ★★★★

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

Bearded protagonist + religious themes + rural coastal setting = a strong bias.

Jokes aside, Calvary is a brilliant film. An expected great performance from Gleeson and an unexpectedly moving performance from O'Dowd, plus a variety of other interesting characters and strong performances. Calvary is clever in it's balancing and self-awareness - it allows subtle and sporadic black humor that never becomes the main characteristic and quirky characters and dialogue that never becomes overly odd and vapid. All whilst being genuinely moving and thought-provoking - with potentially more themes that I didn't pick up with this single viewing.

Honestly, my main issue is the unnecessary slow-motion, double take of the scene of our protagonist, Father James, getting shot in the head. It felt so hollow and detached from the rest of the film. Such a vital scene as well.