Movie I dig 028: The Guard (2011)

Laughing out loud. That’s what The Guard is. It all starts with a murder taking place in a small village in Ireland. The local police officer Sergeant Gerry Boyle (Brendan Gleeson) is put on the case together with a new colleague who just moved there from Dublin. This story sounds really boring – even to me as I’m writing about it – but it is the dark narcissistic humor that makes this movie. Add the really cool chemistry between Don Cheadle and Brendan Gleeson and you have ‘The Guard’. I love the fact that this movie doesn’t care a bit about being offensive in various ways (sexuality, racism, drugs, weapons/violence). Great to see something that’s not pretentious. I think that’s why an American FBI agent is part of the story; like a sneer to American cinema and pretentious American puritanism (Hollywood).

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