If you’ve ever wondered what a Quentin Tarantino episode of 90’s TV show Father Ted would look like, Pixie may just have the answer! Written by Preston Thompson and Directed by Barnaby Thompson. Pixie is a crime caper set in Ireland, where Olivia Cooke’s titular character is a step-daughter of a local gangster with plans for escape after the death of her mother. When those plans go wrong she finds herself in the company of two local young men Ben Hardy’s Frank and Daryl McCormack’s Harland, who in turn have found themselves involved in a drugs heist with local bad guys and a faction of gangster priests.
Pixie is an original and humorous take on the gangster films of a Tarantino or perhaps more accurately Guy Ritchie, the violence is infrequent and tongue and cheek, but it was the humour that appealed to me, it’s gentle and silly without descending into farce and the comparisons with well known Irish sitcom “Father Ted” are valid.
The three leads are engaging and for the silliness of the story, more than believable Cooke’s Pixie is sweet enough for the boys to follow and fall for her but determined and cold blooded enough to do what she needs to. Hardy and McCormack both pull off the “finding their way in the world innocence of early twentysomethings” well. There’s a great selection of supporting characters including Alec Baldwin’s Priest, Colm Meaney as Pixie’s stepdad and Ned Dennehy’s Seamus.
It may never go down as a classic, but has enough fun and humour to make it an enjoyable way to spend it’s just over 90 minute running time.