Irish crime-comedy about two policemen who join forces to take on an international drug-smuggling gang – one, a sly Irish policeman (Brendan Gleeson) and the other, a straitlaced FBI agent (Don Cheadle).... More
"'What a beautiful day,' sighs Brendan Gleeson’s unorthodox Irish cop. The fact that he’s saying this while high on acid at the scene of a car accident tells you everything you need to know about this 90s-style crimecomedy." (TimeOut New York).
This is the feature debut from John Michael McDonagh, brother of the playwright and filmmaker who made In Bruges.Hide
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BY Matt Glasby Flicks Writer
Screenwriting guru William Goldman writes, rather beautifully, of first encountering intrepid detective Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand) in the Coen brothers’ classic, Fargo. “I felt a sense of peace,” he says. For one thing, McDormand was married to Joel Coen, so “no way he offs his wife”. For another, “I was going to spend another hour with one of the major movie characters of the decade… I just wanted to be along for the ride.”... More
The same is true of Sergeant Gerry Boyle (Gleeson) of the Irish police force, although he’s a good deal less wholesome than Marge – in fact, we first meet him tripping his nuts off on confiscated acid. Gleeson’s not romantically linked with writer-director John Michael McDonagh either, although he did bring the same bear-like charm to In Bruges by McDonagh’s brother, Martin, so close enough.
Like a light-hearted Lethal Weapon in reverse, The Guard teams Gleeson’s corner-cutting hick with Don Cheadle’s uptight FBI officer Wendell Everett with genial, often laugh-out-loud results. Chugging pills and visiting prostitutes, while retaining a twinkly-eyed appeal, Boyle scoffs at his partner’s professional eagerness. Everett, meanwhile, can scarcely believe Boyle’s questionable methods, but soon wonders whether he’s as stupid (or racist, or dishonest, or crass) as he appears.
Although it may sound a touch over-familiar – and the open-and-shut smuggling case they face certainly is – the film’s more interested in spending quality time with this unlikely pair than solving crimes. Thanks to McDonagh’s sparkling script and some charming central performances, you will be too.Hide
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Having heard amazing reviews of this film possibly ruined it for me. As although it's entertaining it's just not that funny. I do generally love this style of humour and with the actors of the calibre of Brendon Gleeson, Mark Strong and Don Cheadle i have to be honest and say I was expecting more.
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BY Lisa-Pedersen lister
Mark... More Strong as one of the baddies also provides humor as a phillisohpical london gangster bemoaning the lack of ethics one comes across in crime these days. And all 3 villians rift off one another with their opposing accents in a way that has us hanging off their every word. And accents play a large role in this movie with it being hard at times to follow the strong brogues used putting us the audience on the same stage as the FBI agent who has landed in this funny different place
My mate and I laughed all through this and loved the open ended ending. Highly Recommend
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