One Million Irish Deaths from 1845-1849
The scope of the Irish Potato Famine is absolutely staggering. One million deaths from 1845 to 1849 (Black '47 being the worst year). 20%-25% of the Irish population wiped out in four years. Most contemporary people can't even conceive of a natural phenomenon that devastating.
The film does an excellent job of showing the bleakness of the time and what it did to the Irish (and how it spawned so much anger toward the English). The story itself is a basic revenge tale (Gladiator, John Wick, etc.) but the period details--like how difficult it was to load a musket--and the performances really elevate it from good to great. James Frecheville as Feeney is the ideal stoic warrior. At times, his bearded face reminded me of a wood carving of a medieval saint. And Freddie Fox is perfectly hateable as the priggish Officer Pope.
Food in Films: There isn't much of it. But I loved seeing Feeney "take the soup" in the most literal sense and then showing the Protestant minister what he thought about his sermonizing.