Review: Inisherin's Banshees embarks on the optics of the absurd

REVIEW: Inisherin's Banshees embarks on the optics of the absurd

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With great performances, Martin McDonagh's new film is a funny comedy-drama about intrigue and loss of innocence. Read the review

When Martin McDonagh he did 'In the Chief's Sight' (2008), he made sure to make his stars as comfortable as possible. The result was great chemistry between Colin Farrell e Brendan Gleeson on the screen. 15 years later, the filmmaker repeats the dose in the delicious 'Inisherin's Banshees', one of this year's top Oscar films.

His award-winning last film, 'Three Advertisements for One Crime', with Frances McDormand, investigated an event in the interior of the United States. Almost like an escape valve, Martin travels miles - and decades - to the fictional island of Inisherin, Ireland, where two characters will clash for an unseen reason.

The end of a friendship

Review: Inisherin's Banshees embarks on the optics of the absurd
Long portrays the sudden denial of a friendship of many years. (Image: Disclosure)

In the film, Padraic (Colin Farrell) lives with his sister Siobhán (Kerry Condom) in a small house in the village of Inisherin, where they grew up together. Every day, he visits Colm (Brendan Gleeson), a longtime friend, to go to the local bar together. One day, Colm declines the invitation and says he doesn't want to keep in touch with Pádraic. This disconcerts him and he seeks to understand what happened to arrive at this drastic attitude.

Martin McDonagh is already known for his interesting scripts, but here he makes these two characters so captivating that the viewer can't get enough of following them. Pádraic is an ordinary guy, who likes to have a small life on this simple island, just like Colm, or at least that's what Colin's character thought. As we watch the plot unfold, we also get to know Inisherin, a vast and beautiful place, but also isolated and of few opportunities.

Even the way the director presents this island marks the rhythm of the entire narrative. The characters are in constant motion, going from one place to another, solving pending issues or isolating themselves from friction. With its peculiar beauty, Inisherin integrates the sweetness and covers a silent war that starts to take bigger proportions throughout the film.

a background war

Review: Inisherin's Banshees embarks on the optics of the absurd
As a violent war rages across the ocean, two former friends wage a silent war on a remote island in Ireland. (Image: Disclosure)

When Pádraic moves to Colm's house, he passes the beach side of the island, where you can hear gunshots and explosions on the other side of the mainland. The film takes place at the time of the Irish Civil War, the result of a long movement for the country's independence from the United Kingdom. In 1922, the Irish came into conflict with each other over the signing of a treaty that created a Free State, but still maintained ties with the British. The war lasted until 1923, with a great balance of lost lives.

Martin McDonagh uses this historical event very well throughout the film. He's not much talked about, but he's present as an occult fact. While a physical war rages across the ocean, a kind of cold war between two former friends takes hold. And the reason is what remains in the air. The more Pádraic insists on an explanation, the more Colm resists in his defense.

From there, the film begins to move away from comedy and into the absurd. Drastic situations begin to erupt and all this at the cost of an unresolved friendship. The result is the loss of innocence.

Review: Inisherin's Banshees embarks on the optics of the absurd
In The Banshees of Inisherin, Kerry Condon and Barry Keoghan are great supporting characters, with well-written characters. (Image: Disclosure)

It is worth mentioning the beautiful work of Kerry Condon as Pádraic's sister, a committed and assertive figure in her actions, and of Barry keoghan, who plays Dominic, a young man who lives on the edge of marginality. He, in particular, has a very important hook for the story. The critical state of a situation is not always in front of your eyes, and obviously Pádraic is too busy trying to get Colm's attention to notice that. Also, of course, the whole little town follows its rituals without much tact for what isn't lurking.

Is 'The Banshees of Inisherin' worth watching?

With everything that happens and doesn't happen in the film, the balance of 'The Banshees of Inisherin' is quite positive. Not only are great actors able to deliver complete and fun characters, but the director has the ability to transition between narrative tones in a very competent way. Beautiful footage and a striking soundtrack complete the experience. This is one of those movies that justifies its hyping.

What are the chances at the Oscars 2023?

Review: Inisherin's Banshees embarks on the optics of the absurd
Inisherin's Banshees can triumph in the Original Screenplay category. (Image: Disclosure)

'Inisherin's Banshees' is up for nine Oscars: Best Film, Best Direction, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor (2x), Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Score e Best Editing.

Unfortunately, even with brilliant performances, the acting categories are being more disputed by other competitors, such as Brendan Fraser e Austin butler in Best Actor and Angela Bassett in Best Supporting Actress. Except the case of Daniel Kaluya in 'Judas and the Black Messiah', having two nominees from the same acting film tends to divide votes, which hurts both Brendan Gleeson and Barry Keoghan.

Best Direction is also a tough category this year. Will likely be delivered to Steven Spielberg per 'The Fabelmans' but you never know. Soundtrack and Editing are also watched over by other films — 'Babylon' And 'Everything Everywhere at the Same Time', respectively. This film's biggest Oscar shot is in 'Original Screenplay' due to Martin's great writing. We expect him to leave the ceremony in March with at least one statuette.

And you, have you watched the movie? Tell us everything you thought in the comments.

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Also access other related content on Showmetech. read our criticism of 'TAR', a film with Cate Blanchett, also nominated for an Oscar 2023.

Text proofread by: Pedro Bomfim

REVIEW: The Banshees of Inisherin

REVIEW: The Banshees of Inisherin
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With great performances, Martin McDonagh's new film is a funny comedy-drama about intrigue and loss of innocence.
With great performances, Martin McDonagh's new film is a funny comedy-drama about intrigue and loss of innocence.
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