Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Wind that Shakes the Barley

The movie receives very good reviews, but why should I see it? Films with an Irish theme are almost always noxious; an Irish theme is perhaps the best predictor of a boring and overrated movie. The problem is that too many people will go see the film simply because they feel that being Irish, or seeing Irish things, is cool. In contrast I expect a bunch of old geezers croaking about the incomprehensible, with a sickly sweet sentimental ending, hidden under art house pretense.

Are there exceptions to the rule that movies about the Irish are bad? Scorsese's *Gangs of New York* comes to mind. Most of the other exceptions you wish to cite aren't exceptions.

5 comments:

Jane said...

To my mind, neither is "Gangs of New York" . . . :-)

Naadir said...

No. The Wind the Shakes the Barley is truly great. I hate the Irish (or at least I must do, being British, if I was in a Jerry Bruckheimer movie).

It's interesting that the Marxism Festivals hosted in London continue to show Ken Loach's depictions of revolutions despite the fact that they always fail in the end.

Land and Freedom is a better film though...

Between Before and After said...

Exceptions:

Miller's Crossing
The Magdalene Sisters
Veronica Guerin
In America
The Commitments
The Snapper
The Van
War of the Buttons
The Crying Game
The Boxer
In the Name of the Father
My Left Foot
The Quiet Man
Bloody Sunday
The Field
The Secret of Roan Inish
An Everlasting Piece
The Wind That Shakes the Barley

Wow, this is easy!

I'd say several of these should fall safely under your theory of things you think you should be sick and tired of, but aren't really after all.

Eric D. Dixon

Sunset Shazz said...

Is "The Departed" about the Irish, or do Irish-Americans not qualify? Because that was a great flick.

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