Now, either I have a rather odd sense of humour or Calvary is an unbelievably funny film. It's a film with quite a dark and confronting storyline, and the events that unfold beyond the set up really don't hold back, especially with the final act. For a film that could just as easily have been a drama, Calvary is hilarious. Its dark sense of humour is rarely ever lost, although it's deliberately and effectively used less frequently when the climax approaches. It's not obvious in its humour either, avoiding every single clichéd comedy joke imaginable. It's the subtle humour that works best, and it's this subtle humour that makes the film as good as it is.
Kelly Reilly, who plays Gleeson's daughter in the film, doesn't have as great a filmography as Gleeson, but that's not to say that her performance slacks. I would even argue that she's the second best performance in the entire film, despite her limited screen time. Everyone is just brilliant in this movie. From Reilly to Gleeson to Aidan Gillen and even to Chris O'Dowd. They all stand out in their own mesmerising ways.
To sum up, Calvary features all round brilliant performances, from Brendan Gleeson and Kelly Reilly in particular. It's subtly hilarious, confrontingly dark, full of tension and has a rather satisfying ending to top it all off.