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to be honest, the first scene sums this movie up, it's a punch in the face. you have to have a very dry sense of humor to like this movie, i don't think it was made for the usual "american" market. our culture is geared toward in your face comedy, like old school or dodge ball, where subtle darker humor about everyday life gets lost. husbands leave wives, people get fired from terrible jobs, and in general have crappy lives. but it is up to us to enjoy what we have, and finding the strength to keep on going no matter what, and this movie is like that. it has an all star cast, from Colin Farrell to Colm Meany, Shirley Henderson to Cillian Murphy they all shine like the stars they are.
You may develop a slight case of whiplash while watching
"Intermission," but it will be a small enough price to pay for the
pleasure of the experience. This is a fascinating film that ingeniously
weaves together a myriad of overlapping stories whose common thread is
life among the Irish working class.
The screenplay focuses on a group of seemingly unrelated people whose lives crisscross and intersect in so well crafted a way that, as the story develops, a fully connected narrative soon emerges. Through a carefully thought-out structure and pattern, writer Mark O'Rowe and director John Crowley create order out of seeming disorder, and the overlaps never feel pre-fabricated or contrived - until the end that is, and then the contrivance is used for comic effect. The overarching theme of the piece is an examination of the subtleties and complexities that make up human interactions and human relationships. There are people here from all walks of life, yet they are basically united in their desire for love, commitment and acceptance from their fellow man. A few of them veer towards the criminal and/or violent side of life but most are just ordinary Joes (and Janes) trying to make the best of the lives they've been handed. This is one of those films in which the good people triumph over their failings, the not-so-good ones get the chance to make things right, and the irredeemable ones get their richly deserved comeuppance in the end.
Colin Farrell, playing a violent, two-bit hoodlum, is the only "name" member of the cast, but the film boasts a whole gallery of fine actors and actresses who deliver heartfelt, winning performances. The film is filled with humor and sentiment and just enough action and violence to keep the whole thing contemporary and cutting edge (with the usual nod to "Pulp Fiction," of course).
The real joy of the film lies in putting yourself in the hands of the filmmakers and letting them take you wherever it is they want you to go. The trip, I promise you, will be a rewarding one.
And you'll barely feel that whiplash.
I really enjoyed this movie. I laughed and laughed. It held me intrigued and wasn't a chore to watch or follow the story line. This movie dared to do what many others don't - very un-PC in places. Good on them for making such a refreshing movie. Sure we've seen many elements of the story line before and could anticipate many of the outcomes but I don't think this detracted from it at all. Great to see so many well known actors in different roles too. And demonstrating their acting talent by creating believable Irish accents. I did wonder if Colin Farrell had to practice his mother tongue after being in the USA for so long - seems he did OK though. I would definitely watch this again and recommend it whole heartedly to others.
Well, if you loved "Crash" (no not the David Cronenberg version, but
the Academy Award winning Paul Haggis film) you'll love this Irish
version of everyday Irish folk in everyday life, living everyday life
interchanging and interacting, kind of like a Irish "six degrees"
thing. Speaking of acting, what acting...Everyone is so "real" almost
like a documentary, Oscars for All! Great camera work, it just flows so
well together, great cast nice to see Scottish actress Kelly MacDonald
(Trainspotting, Gosford Park) again. Colin Ferrell is as intense as
always, he is such fun to watch he's a great "on-the-edge-of-your-seat"
actor. So if you enjoy great acting, a good story with some twists and
turns check this one out. Other great Irish films are: Omagh(2004),
Veronica Guerin(2003), Bloody Sunday(2002), The Commitments(1991),
Waking Ned Divine(1998) and The Field(1990).
Frankly, too many IMDb critics are expecting "films" instead of movies, because viewed simply on its entertainment merits, "Intermission" was one of the better movies of 2003. There is no "cinematic" brilliance here. It's not a pretty thing played by thespians to pander to Cannes film snobs, but the movie is funny as hell. Colin Farrell fans might be disappointed, because he's really just a bit player, though a quite good one. But Colm Meaney is absurdly good, and the movie as a whole is prepossessing and original. Quality work - Think Guy Ritchie meets "The Full Monty."
Intermission is one of those modern multiple storyline films in which a group of characters lives intertwine. And, as per usual involves a car crash. These factors tie it to the likes of Magnolia, Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Crash, 13 Conversations About One Thing and many more films I'm sure that escape me at this point. So what does Intermission have to offer that these films do not? For one, the acting talent involved is pretty much a who's who of Irish (and Scottish) actors at present. Colin Farrell, Cillian Murphy, Colm Meaney, Shirley Henderson and Kelly Macdonald. The other main factor in the quality of Intermission lies in it's script, which comes across as funny, engaging and despite the comparisons made above is fairly original. It is most definitely a lighter affair than some of it's contemporary rivals listed above, and though not groundbreaking by any means, is a well-made and engaging piece of work.
This movie is great bc the actors don't seem like their acting, it's like you are really watching these people. Like the characters are real. Soooo funny too, if you like dark humor. I agree with one of the other comments, the beginning is awesome and the rest of the movie pretty much keeps up. Great action flick as well as have an intelligent dialog between the characters. The directing is amazing as well. One of the things I really liked about this movie is that it touches on so many different topics but doesn't beat any of them like a dead horse. It's very much like real life stuff that happens everyday. I'm American and watched it with an Aussie, so yeah, people outside the Irish community can still appreciate this fehluuummm (film).
I really enjoyed "Intermission" which is set in Dublin. It has a great
cast who play lovable losers who take themselves too seriously. Their
antics make for a funny and entertaining film. There are a number of
different plot lines but the characters are all connected somehow. In
some ways it's like a comic version of Babel. Dubliners seem to have a
limited vocabulary and every adjective seems to begin with F, so it's
not a family film. But it's fast paced and should make you laugh.
The film starts when John (Cillian Murphy) decides he needs a break or intermission from Deirdre, (Kelly Macdonald) his girlfriend. She then makes John jealous by going off with Sam (Michael McElhatton), a married bank manager. Sam's wife of 14 years (Deirdre O'Kane) having been dumped embarks on a program of revenge, including sex with John's best friend, Oscar (David Wilmot). Jerry (Colm Meaney) is a police detective who likes beating people up and listening to Celtic music. He convinces a TV producer to make a documentary about his life. John and Oscar both work in a supermarket where their boss Mr. Henderson (Owen Roe) is a pompous twit. Deirdre's sister Sally (Shirley Henderson) was recently humiliated by a former boyfriend and sports a impressive mustache. Lehiff (Colin Farrell) is a thug who wants to rob Sam's bank. He is a friend of John and together they plan a bank robbery. Finally, there's Mick (Brian F. O'Byrne), a bus driver who is fired from his job and joins the gang. It's all good fun.
Intermission starts with a bang and just keeps going, following the
intertwined lives of its characters who are in search of either love,
money or fame. This darkly funny Irish film speeds along, delivering
numerous memorable scenes and a variety of interesting characters.
The dialog is sharp and the story carefully laid out. The direction shows a true love a film making - a desire to make something lively and entertaining and funny, yet truthful and touching.
Despite the multiple story lines and players, Intermission holds together, arriving at its final destination at just the right time. Not an ounce of fat to be found here, this is a well-crafted film.
I'm quite surprised that this film hasn't got a higher rating. This
really is a gem of movie. Well-written, well-acted, witty and brutally
black dialog makes this a modern Irish classic. The acting is
excellent. Colin Farrell is well cast as the stereotypical Dublin
scumbag which he seems to have great fun portraying. Cillian Murphy is
great as the lovelorn rogue John while David Wilmot steals the show
from his more famous co-stars as unlucky in love Oscar. Kelly
MacDonald, Shirley Henderson, Deirde O' Kane and Colm Meany add more
weight to a highly talented cast.
The film follows the lives of several different characters in contemporary Dublin and how their lives intersect. The violence and coarse language is matched by the tender and honest scenes. The fast pace of the movie holds the viewers attention fantastically well as we follow the lives of these highly likable characters(well maybe not Farrell but he is still compelling and hilarious to watch) while they search for love, happiness and the answers to life's complicated dilemmas. A true original. Even though its not much of an achievement, by far the best Irish movie ever made. Perfect stories. Perfect writing. Perfect characters. Perfect acting. Perfect film.
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