The Banshees Of Inisherin Review: 9 Ups & 1 Down


9. Colin Farrell Gives A Career-Best Performance

The Banshees of Inisherin Colin Farrell
Searchlight Pictures

Colin Farrell has quietly been building a case in recent years that he's one of the finest actors of his generation, and few will be left arguing with that after watching this movie.

Farrell once again proves he's a performer of tremendous depth and range, capable as both a potent dramatic actor and hilarious comedian, as makes him such a perfect fit for McDonagh's tonally unwieldy projects.

Given the wide acclaim for Farrell's performance, he feels like a secure lock for a Best Actor Oscar nomination at this point, and though he'll be fending off fierce competition - namely Brendan Frasier in The Whale - it's entirely possible he takes the award home.

It'd certainly be well-deserved, because Farrell demonstrates such studied mastery of his role in every single scene here, giving a devastating turn as a man desperate to reconnect with a friend who wants nothing to do with him anymore.


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