I came to this thread to post on another film I had caught up with this past weekend, and noticed the aborted Calvary thread supported by copen and Lemmy...
Allow me to add that I'm similarly shocked that this film hasn't engendered more discussion or support from the forum; even in the Dynamic Consensus Lists, it's only an unranked Honorable Mention below the likes of Foxcatcher and The Lego Movie*, which I think has to speak to a need for more members to see it. I say this not only because I think Calvary is excellent - I ranked it my second-favorite film of a very good year - but because I can also envision it being fairly divisive and the stimulant for some interesting debate and discussion.
In addition to being visually stunning and filled with excellent performances (not least a career-best turn from Brendan Gleeson), John Michael McDonagh's second feature is built around one hell of a script. Packed with incident, character, and the best of the sharp and dryly funny dialogue the McDonagh brothers are known for, it also meaningfully engages with themes of faith, guilt, and the meaning of goodness without crowding out the plot or characters. I'm not sure I agree with Lemmy that the film takes a Lynchian turn at any point, but I do think there is a rich vein of irony, absurdity, and dark humor running through the proceedings that not only contrasts with the heaviness of some of the material but makes the film a far more enjoyable watch than might be expected from a passing glance at the poster (to be clear, it's no Lego Movie, but...).
It took me as long as it did to see it (well over a year since its US release date) only because the plot synopsis I heard when it was playing the festival circuit - a weary priest struggling with his faith and his community's foundering relationship with the church in small-town Ireland - sounded dreary and rather unengaging to an American atheist with limited time and mental energy to devote to miserabilism. Rest assured, if you haven't seen this yet, it really is worth seeking out, though since the only commentary on the board so far has been enthusiastic support, it'd be really interesting to hear from someone who wasn't as impressed.
*Not to pick on either film, as I liked them both to varying degrees