WHITE IRISH DRINKERS Is A Movie You Shouldn’t Miss [Review]
There was something about the photos that I saw for WHITE IRISH DRINKERS that made me want to see the movie. It just looked like something that would be right up my alley, so when I got the opportunity to watch the movie, I jumped right on it, and I am so glad that I did because I LOVED it.
White Irish Drinkers takes place in 1975’s Brooklyn and follows the story of 18 year-old Brian Leary (Nick Thurston), his petty thief brother, Danny (Geoff Wigdor), his drunk abusive father Paddy (Stephen Lang), and his mother Margaret (Karen Allen).
When the story opens we find Brian and Danny trying to pull off a heist, but it soon becomes clear that this isn’t in Brian’s nature, as he decides to go a different path than his brother. In fact, Brian works for Whitey (Peter Riegert) at a failing movie theater call Lafayette, but when Whitey is able to get The Rolling Stones to play in his theater, Brian is in charge of spreading the word around Brooklyn, so that they might save the theater.
But that’s only the side story, White Irish Drinkers is really a character study, a wonderful one. We follow Brian as he tries to find his own identity separate from his brother’s.
Writer and director, John Gray was able to create a really well-rounded story that takes us through a journey, even though not always a happy one, with Brian.
But the story is only part of what made me unable to take my eyes off the screen. The performances are pretty fantastic as well, and I really hope the actors get some sort of recognition for their work. Between Nick Thurston’s deep stare and captivating portrayal of Brian, and Geoffrey Wigdor’s raw take on Danny, it was a treat to see these two interacting as brothers.
And let’s not forget Stephen Lang, whom you might remember from Avatar (Colonel Miles Quaritch anyone?), who is brilliant as the boys’ drunken father. But then again, did we really expect any less from him?
As for the ladies, we get Karen Allen (yes, that Karen Allen from Raiders of the Lost Ark) as the quiet, suffering mother, who brings such a sweetness to the part, it’s hard not to feel for her.
And finally, Leslie Murphy (whom I am now officially a fan of) the love interest, Shauna, who isn’t the typical cliched girl in the film, but has some hopes and dreams of her own.
One of my favorite scenes is Brian and Shauna taking a walk in a cemetery followed by… well I can’t tell you because it would ruin the surprise of such a noteworthy moment.
Another significant scenes involve Margaret finding out what Brian has been up to. It’s one of those moments when you think this is why I love movies.
So yes, you get it, I’m pretty smitten with this film and all I can say is that if you are a fan of good character study and love intense performances, then you need to find out if White Irish Drinkers is playing in a theater near you.
White Irish Drinkers opens to limited theaters today, March 25, 2011. You can also read all our coverage for the movie here.