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at Canberra Theatre
Comedy of incongruity
THE BIG SCREEN
Dark: Gleeson stars as Sergeant Gerry Boyle Brendan in The Guard.
At one stage in The Guard, FBI agent
Everett (Don Cheadle) tells local
Irish cop Sergeant Gerry Boyle
(Brendan Gleeson) that Boyle is an uncon-
ventional police officer and he’s spot on.
Unconventional and incongruity are
keywords to describe The Guard.
Gerry Boyle is the boss of his local patch
and he’s comfortable, if not happy, with his
life. His disregard for the sanctity of evi-
dence, predilection for prostitutes and lack
of interest in solving murders suits him
perfectly. It’s just the way he likes it.
All these things interfere with his pre-
ferred choice of sipping Irish whiskey,
gambolling with prostitutes and generally
leading an uneventful and uncomplicat-
Anyone, whether the new police officer
assigned to Boyle’s precinct or a foreign
FBI agent, are treated with equal animosity
The film is somewhat of a surprise in that
the promotional posters proclaim The
Guard is a raucous comedy and yet, the
film itself is a dark, brooding exploration of
one man’s seemingly displaced and unful-
filled life. He gets by with brash behaviour
towards others, coarse language and a
However, despite this external appear-
ance of being gruff we discover he does
have caring fibres in his body. This is clearly
shown in Boyle’s relationship with his
mother, Eileen (Fionnula Flanagan), who is
seriously ill. He visits her at the hospice.
They enjoy exchanging tales and sipping
alcohol, despite her doctor’s advice
There is a series of connections through-
out the film. The key relationship is between
Boyle and FBI agent Everett. Everett, an
African American, is a stranger in a strange
land. Although he assumes everyone
adheres to his principles of policing and
life values, he soon discovers that he is out
of his comfort zone.
When pursuing criminals, he quickly
discovers the locals don’t speak English,
well, certainly not with him. Not even a
local horse wants to talk to him.
This is the comedy of incongruity that
presents itself in the film. Boyle adds to this
bleak flavoured comedy by his incongru-
ous statements in conversation with just
about anyone but especially Everett.
Everett’s slick policing techniques clash
with Boyle’s laid back efforts.
Timing is another prerequisite for com-
edy and The Guard’s comic timing is the
film equivalent of a Swiss timepiece. You
will laugh even at times when you consider
Boyle’s bravado shows a self assured-
ness yet also suggests emptiness in his life
that is reflected in the scenes of Boyle at
Don’t get the impression that Boyle is an
oafish local hillbilly. He is a surprise
package, counteracting his surface
roughness with undercurrents of cunning.
There are plenty of other expletives in the
film so be prepared to be offended.
Boyle is able to cut through the non-
sense and get to the key matters of an
issue. Because he expresses himself in an
upfront confrontational manner, he is often
dismissed as boorish and irrelevant.
Apart from the connections, there is a
crime story in The Guard involving brutal
murders and drugs. Everett has come to
Ireland to bust a drug smuggling oper-
The drug smugglers, Clive (Mark Strong),
Francis (Liam Cunningham) and Liam
(David Wilmot) are intriguing characters
too. When we are introduced to them they
are crammed in a car driving to their
destination while playing a game that
involves quoting various philosophers,
discussing Nietzsche and debating the
finer points about whether their hit man is a
sociopath or a psychopath. They are
erudite murderers and drug smugglers
and could be film cousins of Vincent Vega
(John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield
(Samuel L. Jackson) from Pulp Fiction.
Make no mistake. Clive, Francis and
Liam are brutal killers whose moral com-
pass has gone off course.
Don’t go to see The Guard expecting an
obviously uproarious comedy. The comic
elements infiltrate the darker surface story
of human displacement. Having said that,
you will definitely laugh throughout The
The Guard, rated MA 15+ (Frequent
coarse language and violence), screens
at Dendy Civic and Greater Union
FOR WEEK BEGINNING
SEPTEMBER 6, 2011
© Alison Moroney, 2011
© Alison Moroney, 2011
Your dreams for what life can be are stimulated this morning.
Although they may have been born from some moment of sadness
or inadequacy, it is upon our dreams we build our future.
You will experience a few heady moments during the next twenty-
four hours, as your achievements and aspirations drift towards a
You are momentarily elated by the direction your life is taking; as
well as by your prospects for a long-distance trip, legal outcome, or
academic choice or achievement.
The coming day notches up a small, yet important, favourable
development in your financial state. This is likely to do with spousal
or partnership income, tax, loans, wills, and refunds.
The illusionary veil of romance proves to be quite seductive this
morning, just for a few short hours. You are at your most vulnerable
in this moment, so trust is important.
You tend to be in a sacrificial mood for a short while this morning,
as your sympathy for another individual encourages the shouldering
of their care.
Your motivations are particularly selfless this morning, as you
focus on your responsibilities for work or those in you care. At the
moment, you are happiest playing this role.
You tend have visionary plans for the better management of your
income, as well as ways to earn it. This trend is only active for a short
while, so make the most of it.
You will be seeking the comforts and security of your domestic
environment this morning, enabling you to relax and throw away the
cares of the world.
Money and possessions inspire you during the morning, whether you
dream about something you want, or an opportunity to earn income
manifests in a pleasing way.
Your words and actions reflect your thoughts this morning, both
of which are coloured by compassion. This factor enhances
relationships with those you encounter daily.
Your sensitive disposition is at a peak, encouraging dreams and
premonitions during the morning. Take heed of them, for they offer
you an opportunity to improve things.
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