Seriously. The cast alone should sell this movie, at least to people who give a shit about good actors and good movies. Of course, it probably will make about a twenty bucks, but ten of those bucks will most assuredly be mine.
The trailer for The Guard is not one of those howlingly funny trailers, but it has all the earmarks of a wry, clever, and very funny movie. It’s got a stunning little cast — Gleeson, Cheadle, Strong and Liam Cunningham is there for extra goodness. It’s got a bit of an In Bruges vibe to it, which is interesting when you consider that the writer/director, John Michael McDonagh, is the brother of Martin McDonagh… who directed In Bruges. It’s a fish-out-of-water comedy, which is a genre that gets tiresome so very quickly, but the cast is so appealing that it’s hard to believe the film won’t work. It has to. (See Seth’s Sundance review)
The story, about a small-town Irish cop (Gleeson) who teams up with an American FBI agent (Cheadle), looks to slap around stereotypes about race, culture, and class, and to do so without mercy. I grinned a little through the whole thing, until the end, where I admit — I cackled.