Portending #filmreview #bansheesofinisherin

It’s been a while since we’ve been to the flix, or flicks, but we were drawn as much by the two lead actors, Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell. A deep black comedy, so the blurby stuff said. That often means you wince at something with a kind of rictus smile and that justifies the headline. This was a little bit more appropriate. There were moments of humour but generally they were bleak.

Essentially, it’s about how friendships can be finite. You can consider yourself a friend and go along happily assuming the other half of that state agrees only to find out that’s not or no longer the case.

I understand. There was this chap at Uni. There were three of us and very close. He was a bit off piste, inclined to dramatic outbursts that took the remaining two of us by surprise. But we got along and had fun. But after Uni we went our separate ways and distant lent a different perspective. Eventually I felt uncomfortable and withdrew. I never said, unlike in the film, that our friendship was done. I just made it difficult for it to continue. I’ve experienced the other side – I wrote about an old friend who I tried to contact and drew a blank. Last year I made a final push and drew a blank. I need to accept, for whatever reason he doesn’t want to continue any contact. Fair enough.

What both show is that there’s an ease but a cowardice in not setting out the changed status, that by being open about the fact you’ve changed and want different things, its more about you than them.

But as the Banshees of Inisherin shows us, being so honest can have unexpected results.

It’s a good film; the scenery is stunning, the set up neat and the acting all you would hope for (Gleeson is his usual powerful self though Farrell is a little two dimensional – if you ignore his eyebrows: they must be up for Best Supporting Bodypart). It doesn’t romp, more rumble. There are some bum notes – one character seems to be played for laughs even though his awkwardness is tragic more than comic. And, as happens the two female supports are terrific, possibly stealing the show.

If you want a well acted, well written feel-awkward film then this is for you.

PS there are no banshees, nothing to portend death. Bit disappointing, actually.

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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13 Responses to Portending #filmreview #bansheesofinisherin

  1. Mick Canning says:

    A feel-awkward film. Love it.


  2. An interesting review of a film that has had a lot of publicity


  3. M. L. Kappa says:

    We never go to the flix anymore because where we live everything is dubbed in french… so we have to wait for it to come out on iTunes or something. But it sounds interesting


  4. Pam Lazos says:

    Ah, so timely. We were thinking of seeing this and now we will definitely go. I will do you a favor in return and tell you to go see “The Greatest Beer Run Ever” with Zac Efron. It’s set in 1967 during the Vietnam war. I’ll say no more. 👏👍🙌


  5. Ever thought of writing a blog? I’m sure you’d be very good at it!

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  6. Rowena says:

    Hello, Geoff. Thanks for the recommendation. We were given vouchers from the government to spend on all sorts of different types of entertainment etc and we still had $100.00 left when they were running out and so I have a voucher on hold at a local cinema until the end of the year and I must ensure I use them up. So thanks for the reminder.
    How are things?
    We went to a tiny home expo last week which you and the textilist would’ve enjoyed. I’ve slowly working towards a feature article and am yet to launch into freelance journalism yet but I’m making progress.
    Best wishes,


  7. noelleg44 says:

    I hadn’t heard of this film (I’m at a distance here) but the promo was pretty powerful.

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  8. petespringerauthor says:

    I’m intrigued because this storyline does not get a lot of attention. Friendships are hard to explain sometimes. Why can we pick up with someone we haven’t seen in years like it was yesterday when other situations feel totally awkward? It couldn’t be me. 🤣🤣🤣

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  9. Widdershins says:

    A cool review, as always. 😀 … I have to be in the right frame of mind to watch films like this. I might put it on the ‘maybe’, table. 🙂

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