I liked this film, although it wasn't perfect. It was well done, by an all Irish cast, filmed on location, or close to it, and fairly true to history for a piece of fiction. The brutality and the bitterness of the conflict are done realistically, although the violence is not glorified. Nonetheless, I found parts of the film rather dry, and it was longer than it needed to be. That detracted from my emotional involvement with the characters.
The story is a good one, and the ending left me depressed. If you had relatives that lived through "the troubles" who were reluctant to talk about those times, you might find a degree of understanding in this story. Families that were split by the conflict remain strangers to each other even now. This is a good, accurate film, but not the most enjoyable one.
Ireland in the early Twenties exploded into armed rebellion against the British. In The Wind That Shakes the Barley, two brothers at first made opposite decisions. A group of Black and Tan British soldiers arrive at a farm where the brothers and a group of other young men are resting after a hurling game. The British terrorize everyone there, the men, the women, the aged and the young. They beat and kill one man for refusing to give his name in English. When they roar off, one brother, Teddy (Padraic … more
Pros: Decent acting Cons: Everything else The Bottom Line: I will reiterate the last line in the review: Finally I just didn't care. Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. The Wind that Shakes the Barley covers two parts of the struggle for the Northern Irish to gain their own state. So it is a political film. The movie begins … more
'The Wind That Shakes the Barley' transports us to its setting like few movies do. Like a taste of Ireland's Guinness Beer, the movie makes a strong impression that leaves a long aftertaste. Screenwriter Paul Laverty and Director Ken Loach take us to Ireland in 1920 when modern tensions met an apex. Brothers Damien (Cillian Murphy) and Paddy (Padriac Delaney) form with others, working with the IRA and political group, Sein Finn, to bring Ireland to independence. From the start a stark contrast is … more