Friday 16 November 2018

Patrick's Day review: 'mental illness is serious subject but that doesn’t mean you should have to suffer a bad film about it'

Success: Moe Dunford in the Terry McMahon feature Patrick’s Day
Success: Moe Dunford in the Terry McMahon feature Patrick’s Day

George Byrne

Drama. Starring Moe Dunford, Kerry Fox, Philip Jackson, Catherine Walker, Aaron Monaghan, CFonor Mullen. Directed by Terry McMahon. Cert 15A

2*

Terry McMahon’s debut feature, 2012’s Charlie Casanova, was one of the worst films it’s ever been my misfortune to see, a murky, muddy knock-off of The Dice Man which was an endurance test from start to finish. Well, for his second outing McMahon has decided to tackle the subject of mental illness and, on a positive note, it’s infinitely better than his first effort.

Patrick’s Day has good cinematography and three fine central performances from Moe Dunford as the schizophrenic Patrick Fitzgerald, Kerry Fox as his worried but overly controlling mother Maura and Catherine Walker as a suicidal air hostess who forms a relationship with Patrick but the film doesn’t hang together with any real believability.

READ: Why Patrick's Day is a film that may change how we view psychiatric illness

Part of the problem lies with McMahon’s tendency to write speeches rather than dialogue which people might actually use, something of a drawback when he appears to be going for realism. Yes, mental illness is serious subject but that doesn’t mean you should have to suffer a bad film about it.

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