[OSCAR REVIEW] The Banshees of Inisherin explores self perception and friendship


FALLEN-OUT FRIENDS. Comedic banter pervades the film. Colm (Brendan Gleason) said, “I just don’t like you no more.” Padraic’s (Colin Farrell) reply? “But you liked me yesterday.”

The Banshees of Inisherin tells the story of a small town on a fictional island off the coast of Ireland. There are only a select few characters that the film focuses on throughout it, providing a feeling of loneliness to the story.

The story of this small town and its residents gets crazier and more confusing as the movie goes on and is written in a very interesting way.

It is the year 1923. The residents of the Island live a simple life with simple things to do on a daily basis. People go to the pub to drink, fish for food, go to the post office, etc. With so little to do in Inisherin, people can get really deep into their thoughts while alone. In particular, the two main characters of the film are Padraic and Colm. They were best friends until one day Colm decided that he did not like Padraic and did not want to be friends with him anymore. Colm starts to go to crazy measures to deter Padraic away from him as Padraic keeps trying to rekindle the relationship. As the film goes on we start to see both of them lose their sanity and go into crazy mental states. We also get to see how they affect all the people around them.

All of the actors in the Banshees of Inisherin were great at playing their roles. Each of them seemed to fit the characters they were portraying perfectly. Padraic (Colin Farrell) and Colm (Brendan Gleason) were especially great. They portrayed raw emotion in a stunning and scary way. All of the arguments and fights between them seemed life-like and not Padraic… heavily cleaned up by the film crew. The tension between the two of them grows as the film evolves, and the viewer can tell just by looking at their facial expressions.

Oscar Nominee and most likely winner for Supporting Actress in the film, Kerry Condon was great in the role of Padraic’s sister, Siobhan. She showed the embodiment of the feeling of Inisherin, depressing, crazy, and lonely, but every once in a while you will have a bit of happiness on the island. She was in a very sad state for a large portion of the movie because of what was happening with her brother, Padraic. She would cry and yell and it felt life-like and scary to me at times. Everybody else’s acting was also great with all of their characters adding a lot to the general feeling of Inisherin.

The bleak, depressing, lonely yet beautiful feeling of this Irish Island added a lot to the film. The way the film was shot complimented the setting to an even higher degree. There were lots of long-range shots when characters were alone or deep in thought. This type of shot with the scenery in the background really makes you feel like you are that character and you are experiencing all of the same things.

The Banshees of Inisherin offers bits of comedy that lighten the mood throughout but overall it is a deeply thoughtful, and sometimes scary emotional film.

The musical scores in the movie added to the mood. Certain scores of music would come in when characters were in distress and it would really add to the anxious feeling of it. Certain scores would play when there was a joyful scene and everyone was content with what was happening. The different scores were simple, beautiful, powerful, and added a lot to the feeling of certain scenes.

The Banshees of Inisherin made me feel as if I was trying to understand life and what the point of everything was. But The Banshees of Inisherin portrays how we define ourselves only based on what others think of us. Everybody in this world wants to fit in with the people around them and be respected for who they are and what they’re doing. We base so much of ourselves on what others think of us. If someone says something to you that deeply hurts you will think about that for a very long time and try to fix it in some way. People should not always try to please everyone and fit in with the masses around them. It is important for people to stay true to themselves and be proud of it. There is no need to become depressed or have major anxiety over what others think of you. Even though I am guilty of this myself, people should all try to work on not worrying about others and what they think about you as much.

The Banshees of Inisherin offers bits of comedy that lighten the mood throughout but overall it is a deeply thoughtful, and sometimes scary emotional film. The movie will leave you with lots racing through your head after watching it. The film brings up a number of issues, including alcohol abuse, depression, killing, and suicide, which explains the R rating.

The Banshees of Inisherin takes viewers to many different places emotionally, offering lots to think about. The film is for sure worth watching.