The Banshees of Inisherin – Movie Review

The Banshees of Inisherin is a 2022 movie that has already won the best screenplay award at the Venice Film Festival Awards and I believe there is more to come. 

This year Moviemakers all over the world are at their best, therefore it is hard to decide which 2022 movie I like the most, but The Banshees of Inisherin definitely is in my top 3. 

The Banshees of Inisherin

Before talking about the reasons why The Banshees of Inisherin is a masterpiece, let’s take a look at some interesting facts about the movie. 

The Banshees of Inisherin – Short Info

The Banshees of Inisherin was released in October 2022. Written and directed by English-Irish screenwriter Martin McDonagh. 

The Banshees of Inisherin
Martin Mcdonagh, Colin Farrell & Brendan Gleeson. Photo by Greg Williams

Irish screenwriter is not the only Irish part of the movie. The story takes place in Irland, the movie was filmed in Irland and the actors who play the main characters are Irish as well. Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Kerry Condon, Barry Keoghan, Pat Shortt, this is the list of amazing Irish actors who play in the movie.

The Banshees of Inisherin

The Banshees of Inisherin has an 8.2 rating on IMDb and 98% on Rotten Tomatoes. The box office hit 15 Million US dollars. 

The Banshees of Inisherin – Why is it so great?

Reason number one is Colin Farrell. The moment his face first appears on the screen, you know that this is gonna be a great movie. Even before the actor starts to talk, you know who the character is. Everything is clearly written on his face. Colin Farrell’s performance was so flawless and exceptional, it would be disappointing not to hear his name after the phrase “and the oscar goes to”.

The second reason why I liked the movie is the breathtaking views and nature. The story takes place on a small and beautiful island.

The locations of the movie are so beautiful, the audience starts to think about traveling to Irland. Moreover, while watching those amazing shots of the ocean, and rocks, suddenly you understand people who want to run away from urban life and find a home in places like this.

At the first sight, this island really seems to be a perfect place to live, but…. The combination of this unbelievably beautiful nature and the character of the people who live there helps you realize that the crucial component of the perfect place is not mountains, rocks, or ocean but people. Human connection, healthy relationships, and friendships are the most important parts of our life. Maybe even more important than art, and that’s what The Banshees of Inisherin is about. 

The third reason why it is one of the greatest movies of the year is that The Banshees of Inisherin doesn’t leave you with judgmental emotions. Even though the main heroes do stupid and cruel things, the director managed to demonstrate their pain so clearly that eventually, you have no hard time understanding their behavior. 


For some reason, in modern cinematography it’s trending, to show human pain literally. Ruben Östlund had shown us several scenes of nausea in his 2022 movie Triangle of Sadness. Martin McDonagh made one of his characters harm himself. Is their goal to be realistic? or are they just trying to impress modern society which is full of adrenaline junkies?

Photo source: Official Instagram page of The Banshees of Inisherin


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