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In Bruges [Blu-ray]
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I'd heard a lot about how wonderful this movie was and, to my surprise, it really lives up to the hype. It is an outstanding black comedy, very much in the same vein as Fargo, with really bad guys interacting in a small town, speaking simple dialogue that is unintentionally funny, and some really graphic violence. Colin Ferrell (Phone Booth) and Brendan Gleeson ("MadEye Moody")) are outstanding as Ray and Ken who turn out to be pretty regular guys with consciences. They are an appealing odd couple with contrasting personalities who still have a deep bond between them. Ralph Fiennes plays a good family man who also happens to be the killers' boss. He's very good (with a cockney accent that sounds like Michael Caine. The underlying decency of the killers makes them somewhat likeable and even sympathetic and noble, despite their chosen work.
With its remarkable medieval architecture and serene atmosphere, Bruges is a stunning location and I fell under its spell. This is a movie with beauty and ugliness, humor and suspense, and most important, a truly great script; what a winning combination. Highly recommended.
It has to be said up front: this movie is dark, both emotionally and viscerally. It begins with a tragically botched mob hit, and then gets darker yet. So if someone tells you it's a comedy (and it is) be aware it's not that kind of comedy. If you liked "Grosse Pointe Blank" but needed it to be creepier, more meditative, set in (and gorgeously filmed in) Belgium, and just a bit more surreal, then you will like "In Bruges".
Silliness aside, this movie takes the conventions of classic hitman or mobster films and toys with them. We're faced with thoughtful, tortured bad guys who are having conversations about the existence of God, redemption, and loyalty. We're given a hilarious view of Belgium at Christmas as an allegorical Purgatory. There is superb acting by Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, with great supporting work by Ralph Fiennes, Jordan Prentice, and many others. Despite being deep and dark, though, it is a comedy at its heart. These are amusing characters in darkly funny situations that feel very natural.
This is not an action-packed thrill-ride of a movie, though it has its moments. There are a few places I think it rings false in aid of moving the plot and theme to the proper place, especially near the climax. But I will gladly watch it again and again.
bloody good,the comedy was well written to suite every element of every scene to the
movie,what a lovely place Bruges is,with it's picturesque scenes of it's canal and all the houses
when you step out is right to the street,Ray [Colin Farrell] messed up his first kill as a hit-man,
so this is were him and his partner end-up,you-know they always say silence is golden,this is the
place of serenity,but the best part of the movie is the Midget Oh my goodness i've never laugh
so much in my life,but don't think it's just comedy this movie is very bloody and one scene
that is very very gory,Ralph Fiennes has to be my absolutely favourite Actor man this man is good,
2.35:1 5.1 DTS.HD Master Audio.
Runtime 1 h.47 min.
deleted and extended Scenes.
A Boat Trip Around Bruges..D-Box Motion Enabled.
One Of Colin Farrell Best.and Director Martin McDonagh..
Most recent customer reviews
A very dark, quirky comedy but is required viewing before any trip to Bruges.Published 7 months ago by Don Bloor
Upside: Good acting and visuals. The plot is interesting/twisted.
Downside: The vulgar language is over the top excessive. Watched most of it with the sound off.
Solid movie. Really enjoyed it. Not a big Colin Farrell fan, but really enjoyed him in this one.Published 18 months ago by ilikemovies
There are too much swearing, desciption poor story line, thers is clear no complot, no climax, confusing, with too many themes all mixed upPublished 20 months ago by Peter