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Movie Review: Intermission


Alternate Title: The Pluck of the Irish

Story: Intermission refers to that adrift in-between period in a young couple's (temporary) breakup. It also seems to refer overall to what most of this ensemble casts' lives are like. They all seem to be on hold -- in-between events that just never seem to materialize.

First time feature film director John Crowley and playwright Mark O'Rowe deliver an entertaining slice of Irish life that will definitely keep your interest. It is comedic, sometimes surprisingly violent and quirky enough for the viewer to care about all of the characters. The many characters are all flawed but you had the hope that they were all redeemable. It was like a Seinfeld episode with intersecting story lines - but with Irish accents.

Acting: The actor flavor of the month, Colin Farrell, seems best suited to his own turf. His Irish anger and toned body worked well as one of the leads. Cillian Murphy (28 Days Later) is definitely someone to watch. His eyes are intoxicating. Shirley Henderson was wonderful as one of the lost souls and Colm Meaney (Miles O'Brien from the Star Trek series) was right on the money as the angry cop.

Predilection: As most of you know I LOVE 'All things Irish.'

Critters: A sheep who does not fare well at all.

Food: Lots of beer

Visual Art: Nothing you would want to buy on E-Bay here.

Blatant Product Placement: Guinness and Nike

Soundtrack: Some fine toe-tapping tunes and star, Colin Farrell is heard wailing away singing I Fought the Law.

Opening Titles: I ran up two flights of steps to alert the disinterested theater staff that the overhead lights were still on in the theater so I missed the bouncy graphic titles which came on screen after a jolting introduction.

Theater Audience: One other fellow and us. He walked up and down the aisle for quite a bit until he found the very perfect row and seat which led us into a conversation about where we like to sit in the theater. We decided we were in a rut as far as seating preferences.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 2 (It's an Irish film so there is always a little quirkiness).

Squirm Scale: 1 (It is a bit violent in spots).

Predictability Level: Moderate.

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Nit Picking: The film quality left much to be desired. There were times that subtitles would have helped a bit as well.

Big Screen or Rental: Oh, what the heck - go for the big screen. I am a big Star Trek fan so how about renting some of Colm Meaney's fine films such as: This is My Father, Snitch, The Van, Snapper, The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain, The Commitments and many of the Star Trek films.

Length: Under the two hour rule.

LOBO HOWLS: 7