Three years ago, writer/director John Michael McDonagh and star Brendan Gleeson delivered The Guard, a phenomenal black comedy set in rural Ireland. Together again, following on from that is a more serious, but often equally hilarious, account of one man coming to terms with mortality. 510 more words
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‘Simultaneously thought-provoking and self-indulgent, John Michael McDonagh’s latest black comedy is rescued by Gleeson’s compelling performance’
With John Michael McDonagh’s last portrait of rural Ireland in mind, I approached Calvary with eager anticipation. 607 more words
The first thing that becomes apparent in “Calvary” is that Brendan Gleeson has put in another mesmerising lead performance for a McDonagh brother.
Following on from the younger brother Martin’s stellar debut “In Bruges” and older John’s previous feature “The Guard”, “Calvary” sees Gleeson as a “good” priest, Father James, who is confronted with a death threat during a confessional – he knows the identity of his proposed murderer, even if we do not. 578 more words