I dug the Peckinpah touches with the narrative, and Brendan Gleeson makes for a wonderful presence, but the relentless wisecracker dialogue became a bit much. You could see the strings in terms of McDonagh writing "clever" exchanges, and there were far too many.
easily the best film of 2011. a hilarious film, full of one liners, which prey on the obsessions and national consciousness of ireland. the performances from gleeson, cunnigham and strong are all superb, their best turns in recent years, and the best gleeson has been since in bruges. beautiful music, visuals and story make this a complete and utter masterpiece. irish cinema lives on.
Is it comedy with drama or a drama with Brendan Gleeson? I have a soft spot for films that walk the tightrope between genres. This one teeters a bit awkwardly at times, but the outcome is strangely satisfying.
Dark, biting humour not for the "politically correct" or slow-witted. As expected, the Irish think fast and speak fast. Beyond the alienating, quickfire humour it's a wonderful little film with great performances and the perfect tone. The bitter lad who said it was a "wannabe Tarantino film" is clearly mistaken, as this is what a "Tarantino film" could be if it wasn't an appropriation of an appropriation.
Neither fair nor smart to compare it to In Bruges, but they could be seen as twi sides if the same coin, and great coin it is. Of course, almost anything with Brendan Gleeson and guns will be enjoyable, sometimes fucking great.
A quite balanced movie, the actions' pace has a great ensemble between a chase for a group of narcotic dealers and a dusky comedy that assaults every character in the film, especially Brandon Gleeson's and Mark Strong's character.
The writers did a really great job however the direction and the way McDonagh leads the camera was not so appealing to me. But still a great movie, love the Irish background.
A very smart movie playing with perceptions of intellect and expectations of cinematic convention which are gently, humorously, and relentlessly undermined. The characters are credible, even the odd ones, and when violence does ensue it is solidly based in reality.