sexta-feira, fevereiro 17, 2012

The Guard (2011)

Written and directed by John Michael McDonagh, The Guard (2011) is an Irish black comedy starring Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle. 

Taking the shape of an unconventional buddy cop movie, this film shows a few resemblances in style and narrative with both Hot Fuzz (2007) and In Bruges, being this last one curiously directed by John M. McDonagh brother, Martin. If that trivia information alone isn't enough, add the fact that Brendan Gleeson also starred in the Belgium centered comedy alongside Colin Farrell. 

Being a fan of all films mentioned above, you can pretty much assume that I had a lot of fun watching The Guard. It's smart, dark and witty! The script is by far the best element of the "whole package", being only nearly matched by Brendan Gleason, who delivers yet another great performance.
One of the best Irishman around, no doubt!
However, don't let these last statements misguide you! I'm saying that these elements are the best this comedy has to offer... but they are not the only good things! The directing is discretely adequate to the plot, giving a well paced action and the perfect timing to each line and "take" to go along... And although Gleeson takes the spotlight, it wouldn't be fair to the rest of this magnificent cast not to hand out compliments on their work. Don Cheadle adds the right elements for the leads relationship to have a powerful chemistry and Mark Strong again shows why he is so demanded these days! Liam Cunningham and Fionnula Flanagan complete my list of headlines, regarding the "on-screen talent".

No need for me to continue writing ...
Watch the trailer and hopefully you'll get a gist of what I'm talking about...

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