John Michael McDonagh writes and directs this Irish crime comedy. Unconventional small-town policeman Sergeant Gerry Boyle (Brendan Gleeson) is less than pleased to find himself teamed up with rule-abiding FBI agent Wendell Everett (Don Cheadle) when he is called upon to investigate an international cocaine smuggling ring. It soon becomes clear that the case is tainted with bribery and corruption but will they be able to make their partnership work in order to catch the bad guys? Mark Strong, Liam Cunningham and David Wilmot co-star.
I found “The Guard” to be an excellent and very funny film indeed. All the more so because I had bought it on the strength of the cast and the director (having previously watched the excellent “Calvary”), and knew nothing of the plot or of the humour within in the film.
It is clear, within the first few minutes what kind of character Brendan Gleeson is playing in “The Guard” and how the style of the might play out. The comedy is realistic and is very dry, it is larger-than-life characters rather than slapstick and the dramatic side of the film is also there to keep one in suspense as the film progresses. There are really well defined characters and a straightforward enough plot to follow, and all aspects of the film are delivered with greatness all round.
It is a film that could easily be watched over again with just as much enjoyment and I am sure I will be watching it again soon…
The DVD comes with some extra features that are well worth a look at.
There are aspects of “The Guard” that (some) people might not like about the film – some of the crime that is portrayed, it’s approach to political correctness and not least some of the coarse language that is heard throughout, and it would be wise for them to avoid “The Guard” – (it has an 18 certificate to be fair).
On the DVD you get:
“The Guard” (1 hour 32 minutes) Scene Selection Set Up: 2.0 Stereo, 5.1 Dolby Director’s Commentary with Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle. Audio Description Optional English Subtitles Extra Features: “Behind the Scenes” featurette. (18 minutes) Deleted and Extended Scenes (24 minutes) Outtakes (3 minutes) Short film “Second Death” (11 minutes) Trailer (1 minute)
`In Bruges' was a film that was rude, crude and good to know. It appears that directing comedy must run in the McDonagh family as whilst Martin's `Bruges' may have been good, John's `The Guard' is one of the best comedies I have seen in recent years. Brendan Gleeson plays the titular guard, Gerry, who's quiet live in the countryside of Ireland is shaken up when a drug deal is rumoured. All of a sudden Gerry's life of quiet days in the pub and noisy nights in bed with hookers is being interrupted by an FBI specialist (Don Cheadle). `The Guard' turns into less of a buddy comedy and more of a having-to-work-with-that-racist comedy.
Political correctness is not on the agenda with `The Guard', but unlike in something like the recent `Ted', you get the impression that the director/writer knows he is showing someone who is wrong and does not glorify it. Gleeson is at his best in this role, his easy charisma means that you get to like Gerry, foibles and all. Cheadle has the harder role as the straight man. He is not given enough to do in the film and could almost not have appeared for the story still to work.
It is McDonagh's script that is the real highlight of the film, very dark and edgy, but also very funny. He is able to take a rather simple story and fill it with witty characters and interesting situations. The language is blue and the majority of characters unlikable, but this does not stop `The Guard' from being a great black comedy.
The grittier nature of the film stock and slight fly on the wall style of direction means that the HD is not a must with this film. Extras include McDonagh's short, which appears in a slightly different form within `The Guard', well worth watching.
Extremely funny and quirky film. I caught the last half on TV (having not even heard of it) and I just had to see it again, from the start this time. Don Cheadle is miles better than his Miles but Brendan Gleason dominates the film.
good film about an irish policeman(garda) on the trail of a gang of drug smugglers,he is more into prostitues and drinking until his mam dies .he then puts back on his uniform and becomes a copper again and goes for the gang.alot of f.words.got some funny but true man scenes in it as he just gets out of bed and as a scratch down below,some sad points his mam died.and another young copper murdered.over all great film.