An Irish policeman’s quiet life is turned upside down when the FBI are sent in to investigate a murder in a remote town in Galway.
Sergeant Gerry Boyle (Brendan Gleeson) has his day disrupted when he receives a call about a body. As if this hasn’t inconvenienced him enough, the FBI then arrive after it comes to light that there could be a connection between the body and a drug cartel expecting a shipment of cocaine to arrive on the West Coast of Ireland. Thrilling stuff!
The Guard is a comedy thriller with some of Ireland’s biggest names alongside Don Cheadle, who adds some American flair. Brendan Gleeson is a terrific comedy actor who often steals a scene purely based on his facial expressions. The rapport between his character and Cheadle’s Wendell Everett is fabulous. They are complete opposites, which always seems to work well when it comes to crime fighting (let’s face it, Mel Gibson and Danny Glover were pretty successful). Boyle appears to go out of his way to wind up Everett and when the pair are on-screen together, it leads to some of the funniest moments of the film.
Again, it seems as though the combination of Gleeson and one of the writer/director McDonagh brothers has struck gold. There are some brilliant gags woven into the script and some very cleverly written dialogue. However, I must admit whilst very funny in places, I felt slightly let down by how infrequently Gleeson’s comedic acting talent was exploited, and how few side-splitting, highly politically incorrect jokes were actually penned.
Some may also say the story is slightly ridiculous as well, but I have to say I rather liked the idea of a shipment of cocaine arriving in quiet little Galway and ruffling feathers among the big drug kingpins. So what if it was a little bit silly? There is a reason it has been classed as a comedy thriller…
The one thing I massively disliked about the story was the ending. You don’t really get any closure on the case and you never really find out what happens to big characters, which is vexing.
Other than that, I don’t really know what else to say. The Guard was never meant to be a particularly tasking watch; it was made purely for the audience’s enjoyment there is no real deep-running theme throughout the film – it just appears to have been made to provide light relief in contrast to some of the heavier watches we have been subjected to of late, and also some escapism from the stresses and strains of everyday life. The Guard is certainly watchable, and in fact, highly enjoyable. I shall definitely be recommending it to my friends and anyone who enjoyed the Lethal Weapon franchise. Watch it, and maybe you will too.