Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Just Go Away

We didn't quite make our movie goal of 2022.  It was for total lack of trying. There were things to see on any number of platforms.  This is totally on me. We just didn't get motivated. 

But I'm keeping with 15 as our 2023 target. And even with that, and no shortage of content, it still took us two weeks to see our first movie of the year. 

The Banshees of Inisherin was on our list anyway. For the 1.5 weeks it was at the theater, we missed it. Luckily, it's on HBO. 

Banshees isn't bad at all. It'd be a stretch to say it was 'good' though. 

I mean, the writing is good, the acting is great, the scenery fantastic.  The storyline is engaging and yet hard to watch from time to time.  

No spoilers here, but the movie revolves around a friend who opts no longer to be friends with the other.

It's a semi-ghosting story, but right in your face, as it's on a small island off the coast of Ireland. It's hard to ghost someone right in front of you - but.............

The little mentioned 'civil war' is really the backdrop, and probably the metaphor, for the flailing friendship of characters played by Brendon Gleeson and Colin Farrell.  I'm not sure which is the IRA and which the National Army, but you gotta figure it factors in there somewhere. 

Like the two rowing factions, they don't know why exactly it just goes one with no sign on an ending. 

Gleeson and Farrell are amazing, as is the woman who plays Farrell's sister. 

Personally, I didn't have a problem (save twice) following the dialogue. Morty told me I'd want to turn on the closed caption, but I didn't find it very difficult to understand with them there Irish accents.  ...and 71% of the script was the word "feckin'".  

I made fun with my friends that it is the story of me and another friend of ours. Ex of mine. He opted not to be friends with me, but unlike the movie, he never said it to my face. I jokingly (honest!) said, maybe I should talk to him to see if the same fate awaits him.  You'd have to actually see the movie to understand. 

Still, the look of hurt on Farrell's face is so well done. His inability to understand the rationale of his soon to be former friend.  I mean, he's easy on the eyes anyways, but I feel he's very underrated as an actor. 

Banshees is a well-made movie that has some idiosyncratic parts. It's not one of those movies I'd revisit, but it was worth seeing. 

2023 Movie Count / Goal: 01 of 15

Song by: Blondie

1 comment:

Old Lurker said...

Oh how awful that you did not make your goal. I hope the Hollywood police don't come after you.