Some actors are like bacon -- they make anything they’re in even better. Brendan Gleeson is just about the best cinematic bacon in the world, but with The Guard
, he gets to be the main course -- and a flavorful dish it is indeed.
He plays Gerry Boyle, an honorable cop with a taste for alcohol, drugs, and hookers, who also makes time to be a good son to his dying mother. Writer/director John Michael McDonagh establishes Boyle’s personal code with the opening scene of the movie, involving Boyle’s darkly comic take on a fatal car accident, then slowly lets us see how good and smart a man this seemingly corrupted small-town cop actually is.