Sunday, April 6, 2008

In Bruges

Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes.

First of all, to enjoy this movie you need to not be bothered by the f-bomb. It is used and it is used frequently. You should also not be surprised by the occasional graphic violence - it is after all a story about two hitmen. And then you have to be somewhat savvy with the English culture to get all the jokes. But if none of this is a hindrance, you will discover a gem of a movie in this dark comedy.
Cleverly written and well acted, In Bruge is hilarious and oddly touching and most importantly - original.
Ray (Colin Farrell) is a simpleton hitman plagued with a conscience who is sent to Bruges with his mentor Ken (Brendan Glesson) to wait for their next instructions. Ken wants to sightsee but Ray doesn't and instead ends up finding himself in a number of surreal situations with a few of the locals including a racist dwarf, an arms dealer called Yuri, and a local drug peddler called Chloe. When Ray's boss Harry (Ralph Fiennes) joins the mix, things are set for a killingly funny film.

Don't be fooled by the trailers. This is one of those rare movies where the film is better than the trailer. It is clever, funny, touching and - fan or not - you will love Colin Farrell. He and Brendan Gleeson make a good case here for a more modern and layered version of Laurel and Hardy. Not to be missed also, is Ralph Fiennes performance as the principled crime boss with Tourette's!

Some people's sensitivities may make this film offensive, but that is kind of the point and the joke!
Not necessary to see on the big screen but definitely worth watching sooner rather than later.

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