"Too Dark, Depressing and Morose"
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THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN has some funny, touching moments. For example, in one scene, Pádraic gives a passionate speech about the importance of being nice. His speech moves Colm, but not enough to change his mind about their friendship. Ultimately, therefore, THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN comes across as too dark, morose and depressing. Even the younger man’s cute, beloved miniature donkey becomes a victim of their feud. In addition to gruesome violence, BANSHEES also has some strong obscenities and profanities.
THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN is a dark comedy set in 1923 on an isolated island off the coast of Ireland, about an older man who suddenly tells a younger man he no longer wants to be friends with him because he’s such a boring person and will start cutting off his fingers if the man ever tries to talk to him again. THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN has some funny, tender moments, but ultimately it comes across as morose and depressing, with excessive foul language, some gruesome images of fingers being cut off deliberately, and a brief scene with a totally naked man sitting in a chair.
The movie opens one afternoon with a dairy farmer named Pádraic, pronounced “Por Ick,” waiting for his friend, Colm, an older man, to come by his farmhouse for their daily walk to the local pub. Colm refuses to go with him, saying they can no longer be friends, but won’t say why.
That night, Pádraic’s sister suggest to him that, perhaps Colm doesn’t like him anymore. So, he confronts Colm at the pub, and Colm tells him that his conversations are just too “dull” and are totally wasting what little time he has left on Earth. Colm says he’d rather spend his remaining years doing more important things than talking to Pádraic.
Sadly, Pádraic won’t leave well enough alone. When he keeps pressing Colm, Colm tells him that, if he keeps pestering him, he’ll cut off one of the fingers on his left hand. That’s exactly what he does when Pádraic keeps trying to engage him in conversation.
The differences between the two men escalates into a bitter feud that leads to attempted murder and more finger mutilations. Meanwhile, Pádraic’s sister comes to the conclusion that the isolation of the island has driven all the men mad.
THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN has some funny, touching moments. For example, in one scene at the pub, Pádraic gives a passionate speech about the importance of being nice. Colm is so impressed that he says that’s the first time in his life that Pádraic has said anything interesting. Colm remains unmoved, however, and refuses to restore the friendship.
Ultimately, therefore, THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN comes across as too dark, morose and depressing. Even the younger man’s cute, beloved miniature donkey becomes a victim. In addition to its gruesome violence, BANSHEES also has some strong obscenities and profanities.
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