The Guard (2011)

The McDonagh brothers of Irish cinema are both the antithesis of and spiritual successors to the Coen brothers. They may produce their own separate work. But they each retain much of the hallmarks of a similar formula by the Coens — that of a wit- and dialogue-driven, dark humor narrative. While deserving of independent observation and terrific as a standalone, in keeping with comparisons, The Guard (written and directed by John Michael) is a lighter-toned answer — and companion piece of sorts — to Martin McDonagh’s debut, In Bruges. Continue reading