It’s great to see that Irish audiences have embraced The Guard. To date, it has taken in over €2million at the Irish Box Office, putting it up there with Hollywood blockbusters like Transformers, Bridesmaids and Pirates of the Caribbean. This is the biggest Irish release, in Ireland, since The Wind that Shakes the Barley.
John Michael McDonagh’s debut feature about Irish Sergeant Gerry Boyle (Brendan Gleeson) teaming up with FBI agent Wendell Everett (Don Cheadle) to bring down an international drug-smuggling gang, can hold it’s own against the multimillion dollar Hollywood blockbusters because of its witty script (which doesn’t rely on Irish stereotypes to move the story along or get the laughs) and the charisma and charm of it’s leading man Brendan Gleeson. He really does play a blinder in his role as the Sergeant!
Let’s hope US audiences love it just as much as we do when it is released over there on 29 July.
If you haven’t had a chance to see it, do yourself a favour and get to a cinema near you and check it out.