Writer: Martin McDonagh
Stars: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes, Clemence Poesy, Jordan Prentice
*Warning* Inappropriate language used in this review.
In Bruges was such a breath of fresh air! It's one of the funniest, intelligent, well made dark comedies of all time. Every once in a while I stumble upon a movie filled with high points, and that's exactly what happened with In Bruges. The humor and wit reminded me a bit of Father Ted (1995), but instead of priests they were hit-men. It's the classic 'grown-up partnered with man-child' routine, yet McDonagh managed to make it fresh and consistently funny. In Bruges was so darn entertaining that I literally watched it again the very next day.
Ken (Brendan Gleeson) and Ray (Colin Farrell) are a couple of hit-men with very opposite personalities. Their boss, Harry (Ralph Fiennes) orders them to wait in Bruges (it's in Belgium) for further instructions after Ray accidentally muddles up his first assassination. While Ken sees Bruges as a fairytale town full of culture and history, Ray absolutely hates it and complains about everything. "Ken, I grew up in Dublin. I love Dublin. If I grew up on a farm, and was retarded, Bruges might impress me but I didn't, so it doesn't." Things seem to be moving in a swimmingly hilarious fashion... until Ken is ordered to kill Ray.
|There's a fantastic natural chemistry between Farrell and Gleeson.|
Colin Farrell gave a fantastic performance too! Yet to me, he was one of the weaker aspects of the movie. That goes to show how high-quality this film is. Here's Farrell, giving the greatest performance of his life, and he gets out-shined by Gleeson and the hilarious character Ken. Don't get me wrong, Ray was hilarious at times too! He set-up most of the funny scenes with Ken. It's not Farrell's fault that his character didn't interest me as much as the others, because he played his part really well. I guess I just wasn't always entertained by his shenanigans. I will say this though, his scenes with the dwarf are brilliant. There were a few side-splitting moments with Farrell.
Ralph Fiennes was the second best thing in this movie for me! There's this one quote that I've known for ages that he said, but I never knew it was from In Bruges. "You're an inanimate fucking object!" He and Gleeson had a sparkling chemistry that made everything so exciting, even thrilling. I was just so impressed by his performance. He has certainly shed his gentleman image with his character Harry, who swears like a sailor and takes joy in killing.
|One of Ralph Fiennes' most diverse, hilarious roles.|
I don't think this is a perfect movie though, because some of the dialogue fell flat for me. There were a couple of times where the banter between Gleeson and Farrell wasn't very funny. It also ended on a tiny bit of a sour note for me. There was some really out there and crazy stuff in this movie, but the ending was a little too... silly I guess. I didn't particularly find it clever, whereas most people thought it was a hoot. That's just my personal opinion, everything else was a masterpiece.
|Ken and Ray, wide-eyed after taking cocaine.|