Sunday, March 18, 2007
The Wind that Shakes the Barley
War is a popular topic for films. In The Wind that Shakes the Barley, we see the clash between Irish rebels and the British army in the years following WW I. It is emotional, violent and loud. A rag tag group of Irish rebels stand up to the British army with a lot of shouting and shooting. Two brothers end up on opposite ends of the conflict. Cillian Murphy turns in another wonderful performance, with a great cast. Beautifully shot, this film is a good portrayal of the passions of war.
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I'm going back a few posts here, but I've always felt that Nancy Myers needs an editor badly. Directors need to remember the genre and overrall story they are telling and realize that 2 hours and change for a romantic comedy is excessive nearly every damn time out of the box.
Too bad they couldn't have hired a real director. Ken Loach's idea of direction is little more than improv-- and he squanders not only some fine performances from Cillian Murphy and Padraic Delaney but any dramatic impact the story might have had as well. It's a bulletproof topic-- no one dares to criticize the Irish Troubles-- but he's a sloppy, unprofessional director.
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