Well, I finally got around to watching The Boondock Saints, starring Norman Reedus, Sean Patrick Flanery, Willem Dafoe, Billy Connolly, and David Della Rocco.
Directed by Troy Duffy, The Boondock Saints tells the tale of two Irish brothers who become the titular “saints” of south Boston, eradicating those who do evil, in the name of God.
Willem Dafoe is the FBI agent who is trying to track them down.
Billy Connelly is “Il Duce,” a hitman of mythical ability who is called upon to stop whoever is targeting the Italian and Russian mobs taking over Boston.
The Boondock Saints has attained an almost mystical following, so much so that the inevitable The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, was a virtual lock to be made, TEN YEARS after the original, and The Boondock Saints 3 is said to be in development.
Don’t get me wrong: I enjoyed the hell out of this movie. Even my wife seemed to enjoy it, and that’s saying something for a film like this. Willem Dafoe is especially good as the gay-yet-assholishly-conflicted FBI agent, Paul Smecker.
Watching brothers Connor (Flanery) and Murphy (Reedus) MacManus evolve from accidental avengers of their local pub owner to seemingly becoming ordained by God as untouchable instruments of his vengeance was fun to watch.
But is the movie worthy all of the hubbub surrounding it?
Yes and no.
From a character standpoint, I think the film certainly deserves the reputation it has, as–from the get go–it is very easy to identify with and root for Connor and Murphy as they slowly realize the good they can accomplish by being bad.
From a technical standpoint, it’s probably not the best film ever made, but it’s put together well enough to get the job done. There are a couple of story holes that are conveniently glossed over (like their escape from the courthouse near the end of the film), but the likeability of the characters makes it easy to overlook such shortcomings.
I’m sorry I waited so long to watch it, but I’m certainly glad I did.
The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day is in my Netflix queue right now.
I’m looking forward to it.