I really enjoyed John Michael McDonagh's (older brother of film director/playwright Martin McDough) previous film-also starring the wily Brendan Gleeson-The Guard, so I was looking forward to seeing the follow up, Calvary (2014). It did not disappoint, it is a something of a black comedy, perhaps more of a dramatic comedy. There is lots of great dialogue, but there are some serious themes about good and evil, life and death, as well as faith. Most of the comedy is between Father James (Gleeson) and his quirky parishioners and fellow priest Father Leary (Michael Wilmont)-who gets the brunt of the abuse from the too intelligent Father James. Most of these exchanges are on eon one conversations in which you need to pay attention to the quick responses. I suspect much of the success of this film lies in Gleeson's performance, but there is a great supporting cast of characters such as Aiden Gillen (better known as "Littlefinger" on HBO's Game of Thrones) as a cynical doctor, Kelly Rielly as Father James' suicidal daughter, E. Emmet Walsh as an aging writer, Owen Sharpe as the outre local male prostitute, as well as the rest. This film is dialogue driven, but the films has interludes of spectacular Irish scenery that are used as transitions ala Ozu through out, so some credit is due to the cinematographer Larry Smith as well.