I know that this is a "book" blog but when Nat told me that Martin McDonagh's new film "THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN" was being released soon, I simply had to write about it.
It's probably a pointless endeavor trying to let people know about this film because, if like me, you thought that "IN BRUGES" is one of the greatest films of all time, and have watched it at least fifteen times, then you will probably know all about this movie already.
If you have never seen "IN BRUGES" please use whatever streaming service is available and watch it now. The chemistry between Colin Farrell's and Brendan Gleeson's characters is sheer magic. The story is pure gold. The subtle comedy is brilliant.
From Wikipedia -
"In Bruges is a 2008 black comedy crime film written and directed by Martin McDonagh in his feature-length debut. The film stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as two Irish hitmen in hiding, with Ralph Fiennes as their enraged boss. The film is set and was filmed in Bruges, Belgium."
Now without giving too much of the plot away Farrell's character is crestfallen after he accidently shoots a young child while carrying out an assassination. He struggles with the guilt and contemplates suicide. Ironically his boss, Ralph Fiennes, who is deeply religious, has sent the two hitman to Bruges with the intention that Gleeson's character will kill Farrell's as punishment for the death of the young boy. However Gleeson can't do it, the two are almost like brothers, so Fiennes has to travel to Bruges to kill Farrell himself. What ensues is pure magic.
Now "IN BRUGES" was released in 2008. And now with this new film, Martin McDonagh has reunited Farrell and Gleeson, and once again he writes and directs it. It has an Australian release date of December 26th, and it would be fair to say that I am like a kid waiting for Christmas to see this.
This press conference at the Venice Film Festival, proves enlightening and also hints that this may be just as dark as "IN BRUGES", brimming with the same comedy. And it was shot in Ireland, got to love those accents.
Collin Farrell's answer to the question about the art of "face to face" conversation in a world of social media is wonderful. A good ol' Irish chat!!!