The Guard (15)

Jan 09, 2013
Cranbrook Film Society

Sergeant Gerry Boyle (Brendan Gleeson) is a small town Irish policeman in the Garda. He has a confrontational personality and a subversive sense of humour, a dying Mother, a fondness for prostitutes and absolutely no interest whatsoever in the international cocaine smuggling ring that has brought straight laced FBI agent Wendell Everett (Don Cheadle) to his door.

Described as a cross between “Father Ted” and “Bad Lieutenant” this is a raucous comedy that contains “colourful” language.

Outstanding acting from Gleeson particularly, “The Guard” is a simple, refined story with plenty of twists, turns and hilarity. It skilfully blends bleak drama, absurd comedy and surprising thrills, often in the same scene.

Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Mark Strong

Awards: Golden Globe and BAFTA nominated 2012. In total fourteen wins and twenty-three nominations

John Michael McDonagh | Ireland | 2011 | 96 mins | 15


            Weighted vote 77.6%

            I am really sorry if your enjoyment of the film THE GUARD was affected/dented by the dreadful quality of the soundtrack in places. I know that the native Irish accents of some of the characters were a little difficult to pick up at times but the ‘muddiness’ of the sound was way below the standards that the Film Society aspires to.

            After the screening, we were able to get to the bottom of the problem, and to learn from it, in order that it does not happen again. In a nutshell, with five channels of audio being squeezed down to two channels for the audio system in the Queen’s Hall it was a ‘settings problem’ that Gavin had to try to manually override once he heard how poor the sound was.

            Again, apologies if your Film Society Experience was below par – I can assure you that we will do everything in our power to make sure that it does not happen again.

            Tim Edmunds – Chairman