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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Wicka Wicka Wild West

I’ve no idea what it is they’re putting in the water over there these days, but the west coast of Ireland, if what we’re seeing on screen is to be believed, is going to hell in a hand-basket. RTE’s acclaimed TV series about a lone rural cop, ‘Single-Handed’, recently had its fourth run; Ken Bruen’s THE GUARDS was adapted as ‘Jack Taylor’, starring Iain Glen; now comes ‘The Guard’, which this week opened the Sundance Festival World Dramatic Competition. To wit:
‘The Guard’ is a thriller-comedy set on the west coast of Ireland where Sergeant Gerry Boyle (Brendan Gleeson) is a small-town cop with a confrontational personality, a subversive sense of humour, a dying mother, a fondness for prostitutes, and absolutely no interest whatsoever in the international cocaine-smuggling ring that has brought FBI agent Wendell Everett (Don Cheadle) to his door.
The film is written and directed by John Michael McDonagh, brother to playwright and film director Martin McDonagh (‘The Lonesome West’ et al, ‘In Bruges’), who doubles up here, along with Don Cheadle, as executive producer. The big attraction for me here is Brendan Gleeson, though, an immensely likeable and always watchable actor, and by all accounts a thoroughly nice bloke to boot. Variety likes him too, with the gist of its Sundance review running thusly:
“… it’s Gleeson who rightly owns the screen as a beer-swilling, crotch-grabbing, Derringer-firing crusader with one hell of a filthy mouth to go along with his heart of gold,” while the director John Michael McDonagh’s “filmmaking crackles with energy.”
According to Element Pictures, the movie will be getting a summer release here in Ireland. Should be a cracker.

5 comments:

Dana King said...

I hope American audiences get a crack at it, as well. I've never been disappointed by anything involving Don Cheadle.

Anonymous said...

'In Bruges' is one of my fav films. Seriously makes me laugh. Colin Farrell needs more roles like that, dont you think? Also Gleeson is a great actor, He played Churchill well in 'Into the Storm'. This film set in Ireland looks good too. Frank

seana said...

I suppose it could go badly wrong, but both Cheadle and Gleeson are right there at the top of my list as actors. I hope it comes over our way too.

Anonymous said...

Hold on though- was Don Cheadle in Ocean Eleven? He was well dodge in that.

Tales from the Birch Wood. said...

Ireland is the ideal setting for dark dramas, real and imagined.

Just in passing, thank you for taking up the "#IrishWriter" link on Twitter.

I have just blogged about the fact that it would be a good way to have a real-time contact between writers and their readers on Twitter.

Continuing to enjoy your blog...