The 31 Best Films Of 2011 - No. 26
“Now I can’t tell if you’re really dumb or really smart”. This line stuck with me after seeing The Guard because it was the most perfect summary of my view towards the McDonagh brother’s films. If I had to choose, I’d probably say In Bruges is my favourite comedy of all time but I can’t work out if that’s down to me appreciating the clever, witty, dry dialogue with perfectly executed situational humor, or me just being a simpleton who is amused by an Irish accent. Either way, their films are brilliant. The Guard is no exception. Brendan Gleeson has knack of being able to create onscreen chemistry with anyone he works with but it’s the shear contempt of Don Cheadle’s character towards Gleeson’s negligent anti hero that won it for me. The supporting cast do more than what’s expected but you can’t help to just want the two leads to come back on screen. If you don’t find the heavily wordy dialogue hilarious, the accents will still get you.