I enjoyed The Guard. I think I’d have enjoyed it more if I were Irish, because the picture’s many jokes seem calibrated for the Irish audience. Nevertheless, how can anyone object to spending an hour and a half with Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle (CDNW), and Mark Strong?
Gleeson plays a rumpled, pleasantly corrupt local sergeant of the Garde in a village in the Irish countryside. When FBI special agent Cheadle comes to town to stop a trio of drug smugglers (including the omnipresent Mr. Strong), we get a redemption tale and a fish out of water comedy and a buddy cop movie, all in one.
But why would you want to watch a redemption tale / fish out of water comedy / buddy cop movie, anyway? Two reasons: #1, you will probably never go to Galloway, Ireland, so this is the closest you’re ever going to get. #2, the dialogue is so well written and so well performed that you’ll enjoy listening to it for an hour and a half. You may not laugh out loud (particularly if you aren’t Irish), but you’ll nod and smile and have a pleasant time.
I’ll take good dialogue and a pleasant time any day of the week. I’d see The Guard 2 with a smile on my face.