In Bruges (2008)
Critic Consensus: Featuring witty dialogue and deft performances, In Bruges is an effective mix of dark comedy and crime thriller elements.
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Critic Reviews for In Bruges
I never expected to be moved by In Bruges, but I was.
Those who know McDonagh's work know a vein of darkness will run deeply through the comedy. It has seldom been darker. Or funnier.
In Bruges is a wildly imperfect feature debut, but it does make you curious to see what else McDonagh has to offer.
The revelation is Farrell, whose natural petulance as an actor has never chimed so well with his deeper reserves of childlike vulnerability.
It plays really engagingly, with the leads doing a wonderful Mutt and Jeff act and the camera lingering lovingly over scenery that looks awfully pretty in the moments before it gets spattered with blood.
Audience Reviews for In Bruges
A bit too violent, but otherwise, fantastic plot.
Two hitmen idle for awhile in the quaint Belgium city of Bruges, known for still being the most medieval of places remaining in Europe, cooling off after a hit gone bad in London. What're two cosmopolitan London gangster types to make of the quiet ancient town? Brendan Gleesan is always grade "A" good, and what accolade is left for Ralph Fiennes to garner? But Colin Farrell? Here is a major talent and yet somehow frequently overlooked. I don't understand it. This picture rides on his performance, and he does quite admirably. Maybe only specific writers grok his chi ... This black comedy'll put writer/director Martin McDonagh on your radar if he wasn't there before, if only for the sharp throwaway insights as to tourist travelling the continent.
Failed hitman Colin Farrell is sent to Bruges with fellow hitman and friend Brendan Gleeson to lay low after the botched murder of a priest results in the death of a small boy. Sounds like a barrel of laughs doesn't it? But this endlessly surprising film is just that. The dialogue is extremely smart and witty and it's full of very funny and politically incorrect humour as well as gangster related drama and surreal situations that's slightly reminiscent of a rather more cerebral and literary Guy Ritchie movie. Farrell is great as a culturally inept childish oaf who you can't help liking and despite the humourous approach and dubious morality of everyone involved you actually start to care about them all. I particularly liked the way that their moral "code" is shown as absurdly misplaced and hypocritical rather than honourable and the script is quirky but never resorts to self-conscious "I'm mad, me!" wackiness. It's refreshingly unpredictable right to the end and I really, really enjoyed it. People who don't like the "f" or "c" words should definitely steer clear though!
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