The Banshees of Inisherin film review: Artistic with a slow burn
Most people have felt the sting of someone they love ghosting them. The relationship fading away could have happened quietly or been an abrupt ending. However, there is nothing worse than having a best friend unexpectedly wanting to end your friendship.
In the dark comedy Banshees of Inisherin, director Martin McDonagh showed what one man would go through just to have his ex-best friend leave him alone. The movie takes place in a small Ireland town. Padric, played by Collin Ferrell, is devastated when his best buddy, Colm, played by Brendan Glesson, ends their lifelong friendship without any warning.
Padric gets emotional help from his sister but can’t understand why his lifelong friendship has ended. Happy-go-lucky Padric, then refuses to accept his buddy’s decision and must deal with Colm’s unhinged ultimatum. Both men take their feud to extraordinary lengths.
In Banshees of Inisherin, the display of the glorious Irish countryside helps ease the slow burn of this film. All actors speak rapidly paired with a thick Irish accent, so viewers may have to pay close attention in order to understand the quick and witty humor. The film explores the complications of a male platonic relationship while keeping the tone light and warm hearted.
According to The New York Times, Banshees of Inisherin might feel a little thin if you compare it to conventional standards of comedy and drama. The film’s characters don’t really go through much of a story arc; leaving the viewer wanting more, but in a bad way. However, its eccentric characters make up for it, with an attractive ending.
The film received nine nominations at the 95th Academy Awards, including best motion picture, best director (Martin McDonagh) and best actor (Collin Ferrell).
Overall, the film takes viewers to a rugged, coastal town while introducing humorous situations and a look inside a male friendship. I would recommend it to anyone seeking a movie with picturesque views with a little Irish vengeance.