Film #274: THE GUARD aka L'IRLANDAIS aka UN POLIZIOTTO DA HAPPY HOUR
The Guard (aka L’Irlandais aka Un Poliziotto Da Happy Hour)
4 out of 5 stars
Brendan Gleeson (TROY, IN BRUGES) gives a powerhouse performance in this darkly funny comedic thriller. Backed by an equally strong supporting cast of Don Cheadle (IRON MAN 2, HOTEL RWANDA), Liam Cunningham (CLASH OF THE TITANS, THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY), Mark Strong (JOHN CARTER, BODY OF LIES, GREEN LANTERN), and Fionnula Flanagan (THE OTHERS, FOUR BROTHERS), there is never a doubt that this is Gleeson’s film all the way. Director John Michael McDonagh (NED KELLY) handles the intricate plot points well, assuredly moving his pieces into line aiming the viewer toward the film’s satisfying conclusion. The script is wryly funny with a biting wit. The film’s characters are a wild and interestingly well-defined bunch. Great stuff all around! HIGHLY recommended and an absolute surprise!