Brendan Gleeson is one giant framed bag o’ fun. He’s witty, winsome and wears a varied wave of emotions on his most eggsalad acting sleeves. He’s often relegated to playing the 2nd or 9th fiddle, and is rarely allowed to carry a film. So, what if he was allowed that chance to shine in the center stage spotlight? Could he pull it off? What kinda question are we asking ourselves here??? Of course he can, he’s Brendan F$%king Gleeson, who’s worth about 1/2 the price of any admission!!!! And that’s what makes his starring turn in The Guard 1/2 worth seeing
What about the other 1/2? It doesn’t hold up its end of the bargain. The Guard is juss way too simple-minded stuff, like opening a box of Lucky Charms (or Irish Spring?). Gleeson is an absolute joy to watch here, but we wish there was a little more to John Michael McDonagh‘s flick than ‘charming, but surly cop does the right thing against clichéd bad people, his way‘. Speaking of McDonagh, his brother Martin also tapped into that Gleeson magic, but gave him a much better narrtive backing in his In Bruges. If you haven’t seen that, see it, and treat The Guard as its b-side, or maybe even c-side
We forgot to mention that Don Cheadle and Mark Strong are both in this, but we almost forgot that they were in the movie altogether (we seem to have memory issues), cause they don’t really help anything along. Gleeson doesn’t need any help onscreen, but help was needed offscreen. Maybe they should have let Gleeson write the script and play every role. That would have filled us with more glee, son, than the cancellation of Glee
and now lets turn our attentions to newbie Katarina Cas, aka KC and her sunshine brand of hotnness!!
Verdictgo: Sum Merit But No Stinkin Badges
Guard is not the most arresting thing in NY & LA this Friday, and elsewhere elsewhen
and until next thyme the balcony is clothed…