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The Banshees of Inisherin; Grade: B+

The Banshees of Inisherin tells a tale between two lifelong friends Padraic (Collin Farrell) and Colm (Brendan Gleeson). Padraic is a simple boring man, while Colm likes the art of music. One day Padraic is addressed by Colm that he doesn’t want to be Padraic’s friend anymore, given barely any reason other than Colm finds Padraic boring even though he’s always been boring. Padraic becomes extremely offended as he wants Colm to continue being his friend, but Colm isn’t having it as he warns Padraic if he keeps bothering him, he’ll cut off his own fingers one by one… Yup you read that correctly.

Martin McDonagh over the years has made such fantastic films, from Seven Psychopaths and especially Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri which was one of my favorite films. How can one describe The Banshees of Inisherin to someone my age?! Well it can be simply said to be a full length feature film of a Drake and Josh episode, Season 4 Episode 11 where Josh is completely done with Drake as he no longer speaks nor hangs with him anymore… If you know what I’m talking about, this entire film is exactly like that but taken into a whole extreme.

The story at hand is a thoroughly engaging tale, centered around a once common simple but beloved friendship, just suddenly vanished with no significant reason other than one party not feeling fond of the other person any longer. The tale feels completely relatable to anyone going through a real life situation like this, especially when we’re younger lads… How often do friendships abruptly end, without much reason other than you’re just not interesting nor appealing to them?! 

I felt the film truly excel in delivering such strong humor in the first two acts, as I was literally laughing my ass off multiple times, Given Collin Farrell’s performance as this lonesome man whom is relentless to have his ole pal be pals again or give a real reason why he doesn’t want to be friends anymore… It’s so sad, but at the same time the ridiculousness of it all is extremely hilarious at the same time.

Even with the strong humorous two acts: The film suddenly takes a total dark turn, into a very saddening third act. It was getting to the point where you felt bad for both Padraic and Colm, as you can even say dealing with Colm’s side it played a theme into a depression I would say. Collin Farrell not only delivers in his great performance, but I would say Brendan Gleeson was also superb in his performance as well, as they both displayed excellent chemistry between the two. Even the supporting performance help did their fair share, as Kerry Condon playing Padraic’s sister and Barry Keoghan playing Padraic’s friend were both excellent as well.

Overall, The Banshees of Inisherin was a great film. I highly recommend checking this one out, once again Martin McDonagh delivers another great film to add onto his resume! -Mitch Smietana

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