I couldn't work out if the slacker characters in the dreich muddy
locations, with a hard and boring job, sleeping in a cold and boring
tin hut, being ripped off, with no interesting future in front of them
a. a metaphor for me and the rest of the audience
b. having more fun than me and the rest of the audience.
I also worry about the careers of the actors and screen-writer and I
hate posting such a negative review, but I feel quite cross about my
This was purportedly a dark comedy, but being a bit dull with a couple
of gags that raised a mild titter from the audience leaves it short on
both counts. There are very mild echoes of Withnail and I, none of
Father Ted, and an overall impression that nobody really believed in
what they were doing..
a dumbening waste of time.
i was one of six people who attended the screening, i was one of three
that stayed to the end. i thought i was in the clear when the credits
started rolling, but then there was more footage during them. i felt
like screaming "end you bastard!"
all fault can be landed at the director's feet. the cast do a fine job,
the script hits the right notes, the sets are fine, but the whole thing
is so, so, so bloody boring.
then i realised that this was one of the most high-profile Irish films
that year. then i felt so royally betrayed.
just because your film has all the hallmarks of the Coen Bros, doesn't
make you as good, or even comparable to the Coen Bros. Referencing
Withnail & I doesn't make people find your movie as good as Withnail &