Is Brendan Gleeson's 'Calvary' The Best Movie of 2014?
'Calvary' is one of the finest movies of the year.
John Michael McDonagh's Calvary is an early contender for best independent movie of the year, while Brendan Gleeson's lead performance as a good priest facing a death threat is perhaps unrivalled as the year's finest.
Brendan Gleeson [L] and Kelly Reilly [R] in 'Calvary'
Gleeson's Father James Lavelle is the flip side to Sergeant Gerry Boyle in McDonagh's critically acclaimed The Guard - a good man intent on making the world a better place. However, one day, is life is threatened during confession and the forces of darkness begin to close in around him.
"...this is a movie that's packed with surprises, as each encounter plays out for both comical and dramatic impact in a gorgeous coastal landscape," said our very own Rich Cline.
"It presents us with a satirical image of a country which is cracked and fractured into pieces, a crazy-paving that isn't fitting together. Without the powerfully charismatic Gleeson, I suspect, the film itself wouldn't fit together," wrote Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian.
"Calvary's meet-and-greet structure lets McDonagh tease away at the fabric of Irish society, diagnosing all manner of ills," said Tim Robey of The Telegraph.
Brendan Gleeson [L] and Chris O'Dowd [R] in 'Calvary'
"Part Father Ted, part Tarantino, this is a wickedly funny black comedy, all fatalism and gallows humour, with a beating heart," said Cath Clarke of Time Out.
"Calvary is gripping, moving, funny and troubling, down to an uncompromising yet uncynical finish," said Kim Newman of Empire magazine.
Calvary, co-starring Chris O'Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, is out in cinemas on Friday (April 11, 2014).