I went to see The Guard today. An Irish, independent, fairly low-budget ($6M) film which just came out here.
Basically it's about a police officer in a small, quiet, Irish village near the coast who has to deal with a murder and a pretty big drugs deal that's about to happen in his town (for which an FBI agent comes over to warn the local officers and help to investigate).
I have to say that I really liked the main character. At first he seems like a fat, dumb, racist, Irish prick but as the film progresses you kinda see that he's actually a pretty clever, well-read and knowledgeable man. I like how the film is pretty subtle about this (it doesn't really spell this change of character image out for you) and I think that's actually pretty typical for this film and is also the strength of it.
You see, what I like the film for is its modesty and subtleness. The film doesn't try to be a big action film or anything, it doesn't overblow itself, no spectacular plot twists, heck it doesn't even try that hard to be an hilarious comedy. Most of the humour in it is actually rather subtle, but quite witty nonetheless. Basically the film is aware of what it is and tries to stand on its own feet with the resources it has (if that makes sense...).
So long story short: I liked the film. It's modest, the humour is witty and subtle and I think the main character is very likeable. I would recommend the film if you're in for a black-ish comedy that doesn't come out of Hollywood.
By the way, don't expect this film to be like Hot Fuzz. The trailer and posters might make you expect that, but The Guard really isn't like Hot Fuzz at all.