The Banshees of Inisherin

Director: Martin McDonagh
Year Released: 2022
Rating: 2.0

On the Irish island of Inisherin - with a Civil War underway on the mainland - Colm Doherty (Brendan Gleeson) decides he no longer wants to be best buds with Pádraic (Colin Farrell) because he finds him "dull," which understandably upsets Pádraic so he does everything possible to restore their friendship, even getting his sister Siobhán (Kerry Condon) involved - eventually, Colm gets so upset with being pestered, he threatens to cut off a finger every time he's spoken to.  While the cast is excellent - including Barry Keoghan once again playing a simpleton - and the cinematography by Ben Davis is gorgeous, this is fundamentally a one-act play puffed up to feature length with rambling dialogue and a screwy view of human psychology.  McDonagh is trying to create a connection between the conflict going on with the Free State and the IRA and the feud with these two men and how quickly things can escalate - recall that the Hatfield and McCoy families fought over a pig - but it's still a feckin' oversimplification.