The Wind That Shakes the Barley- June 10th

The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006)
English- War Drama
Not Rated
Runtime- 127 min.
dir. Ken Loach
 

So far in this year-long film adventure, I have come across several films that have fallen into the realm of historical fiction.  The main concern in a lot of these films is their characterization of oppressive forces.  I will start off this review by stating that, although the depiction of British soldiers in The Wind That Shakes  the Barley is a bit heavy-handed, it is fictional.

Story/Writing: 2/2

Really good, with a completely necessary length.

Acting: 1.5/2

Unless you’ve lived on that green little island called Ireland, you may want to consider turning on the subtitles.  Cillian Murphy is great as the hard-headed, but brave, Damian O’Donovan.

Photography/Set: 2/2

A lot of great, on-location shooting.  The DP did his job to really capture the emotions of every scene.

Sound/FX: 1/2

Not the strongest part of the movie.  I feel the soundtrack could have been a lot bolder, especially with Ireland’s musical background.  The effects are not bad, but nothing outstanding.

Misc: 1.5/2

In watching the film itself, I hope that you will see why it doesn’t matter if the British are portrayed as cartoonishly evil.

VERDICT: 8/10

If any of what I’ve talked about has intrigued you, definitely give this one a gander.

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