Run time: 114 mins
Martin McDonagh’s new film is a macabre black comedy of wounded male pride, a shaggy-dog story of wretchedness and a dance of death between aggression and self-harm.
It’s 1923 and Padraic (Colin Farrell) is a donkey-loving farmer, living on a remote isle, off the West Coast of Ireland. Padraic suspects he’s the second biggest idiot in the village. He is also viciously astute when drunk and prone to acts of lunacy.
Padraic is horrified when fiddle-player Colm (Brenden Gleeson) says their friendship is over. Colm adores Mozart and wants to concentrate on composing music that will last the test of time. He’s got no room in his life for a pal who’s “too nice”. Padraic fails to take the hint.
An increasingly desperate Colm threatens to cut off the fingers on his own fiddle-playing hand unless Padraic backs off. But Padraic is nothing if not stubbornIgnoring the advice, and hits on a cunning plant of his sister, Siobhan (Kerry Condon) and young lay-about Dominic (Barry Keoghan), Padraic hits on a cunning plan. If Colm thinks Padraic’s too nice, maybe the solution is for Padraic to get meaner?
The Banshees of Inisherin is another instant classic from McDonagh. Like Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, it is a visually stylish and wry take on obsession.