In Bruges

Out on DVD this week is ‘In Bruges.’ It was selected as the opening night film at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and rightfully so. It’s wicked dark, and deliciously funny. The film follows two hitman, Ken and Ray, as they hide out in the medieval town of Bruges after a hit. Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes give outstanding performances.

The film is directed and written by Martin McDonagh and is his directorial debut. His writing is fantastic, as it’s to be expected since he’s a Tony award-winning playwright. Even though he’s award-winning, the language is pretty rough. Hilarious, but rough (the ‘f-word’ and it’s derivatives are heard an average of 1.18 times a minute in this 107 film). Check out some of the more memorable quotes here. I’d type some of them here, but rumor has it my mom frequents this blog every once in a while. Plus, we all know Big Brother is always watching. Be warned though, the memorable quotes page would definitely be rated R if those hypocritical blowhards at the MPAA had anything to say about it. While the film, is hilarious, it’s also pretty tragic and deals with some dark issues (i.e. child murder, suicide, drug use, the belittling of midgets). Don’t let that deter you, just be prepared.

★★★½

Rottentomatoes score: 79%

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3 Responses to “In Bruges”
  1. Jessica says:

    Won’t you review a chick flick?

  2. Bill Adams says:

    Good review. I didn’t know the author was a famous playwright. That explains why the humor was so dialogic and “scripty” and not situational and dramatic. And what was the deal with that whole midget sequence? I like Jordan Prentice as an actor, but midgets are not inherently funny, IMO. I think that was a cheap laugh.

    See my review of this film at http://movienutshell.blogspot.com/
    Bill

  3. Mama Dawg says:

    I’ve been wanting to see this since Colin Farrell was on Leno (or Letterman) promoting the movie. It looked good.

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