August 2, 2014

directed by John Michael McDonagh, 2013


With his 2011 film The Guard, writer/director John Michael McDonagh demonstrated a black-comic sensibility that didn’t stray too far from that of his playwright/filmmaker brother Martin, he of In Bruges (2008) and Seven Psychopaths (2012). His thematic interests are also strikingly similar to his brother’s, especially the possibility of redemption within an environment ridden with sin and temptation. If John Michael’s ambitious new film Calvary is any indication, though, has a long way to go before he matches Martin’s deftness of storytelling and depth of characterization.

Read full review at In Review Online


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