This chucklesome black comedy is a bit of meandering and liable to repeat the identical comedy beats advert infinitum, like having characters react with deadpan nonchalance to outrageous statements as if nothing’s too quirky on this small Irish city. For example, the lead character, prodigal son Jimmy Cullen (Aaron Monaghan, very watchable) walks into an ironmonger’s and asks for a rope. The store proprietor asks how thick a rope he needs, reels off the gadgets of various diameter they inventory. He asks Jimmy what he wants it for; when informed it’s to commit suicide with, inserts a beat, a glance straight within the eye and says: “Then I counsel you go for the 14 mill. It’s good and powerful.”
Certainly, Redemption of a Rogue is mainly a sequence of little setups and stings strung collectively by an overarching story that includes Jimmy’s inglorious return to his hometown to see his father (Hugh O’Brien) earlier than he dies. When the abusive and not-much-missed previous man dies, he stipulates in his will that Jimmy and his brother Damien (Kieran Roche) can’t inherit in the event that they bury their father on a wet day. Proper on cue, the heavens open and it sluices down for days, lengthy sufficient for Jimmy to begin up a clumsy flirtation with native drug supplier/chanteuse and self-styled “city slut” Masha (Aisling O’Mara). We additionally study that Damien is in debt to some very nasty folks. Ultimately, the locals begin to blame the Cullen brothers’ refusal to bury their father for the unceasing precipitation.
Author-director Philip Doherty goes huge on the self-satirising absurdism of a sure pressure of Irish comedy (see Father Ted), which frequently blends the aforementioned bathos with a number of moaning in regards to the climate, previous political troubles, and devotion to Catholic iconography. Certainly, it’s laborious to not giggle on the prolonged skit about Jimmy and Masha shopping for up a present store’s total inventory of Little Child of Prague statues, or the statue of Virgin Mary that involves life at one level and asks for a roll-up. The crisp modifying neatens the sides of the gags, whereas common musical interludes add a pleasing aural texture.
Redemption of a Rogue is launched on 1 October in cinemas.