The Banshees of Inisherin (2022) Review: Confusingly Good

The Banshees of Inisherin stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, written and directed by Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, In Bruges, Six Shooter).

From IMDb:

"Set on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland, THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN follows lifelong friends Padraic (Colin Farrell) and Colm (Brendan Gleeson), who find themselves at an impasse when Colm unexpectedly puts an end to their friendship. A stunned Padraic, aided by his sister Siobhan (Kerry Condon) and troubled young islander Dominic (Barry Keoghan), endeavours to repair the relationship, refusing to take no for an answer. But Padraic's repeated efforts only strengthen his former friend's resolve and when Colm delivers a desperate ultimatum, events swiftly escalate, with shocking consequences."

The film almost needs sub-titles, due to everyone's heavy Irish accents, but it's manageable.

The cast delivers quite the story, with Farrell and Gleeson shining in their awkward friends mode...  but that mentioned ultimatum triggers the oddest measure of resolve from Colm. It seemed extreme and did not make sense.

The film was one of those films where the writing keeps you engaged while it's almost not making any sense... while making complete sense.

But the bottom line is that this movie is quietly entertaining and a nice distraction during it's two hour run-time.

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