In Bruges (18)

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Tue Apr 15 2008

‘Bruges is the best preserved medieval town in Belgium,’ reads Brendan Gleeson’s impressed Ken. ‘It’s a fucking shithole!’ fires back his new, younger room-sharer and fellow hitman-on-the-run Ray (Colin Farrell). Thus begins the running joke of ex-theatre wunderkind Martin McDonagh’s clever, savvy and enjoyable revamp of the odd-couple/gangster caper, a genre picture confident its own audience-pleasing verbal sparrings, joke-enabling moral sophistry and tongue-in-cheek classical and cinematic borrowings – from Hieronymus Bosch’s ‘Last Judgement’ to Nic Roeg’s ‘Don’t Look Now’ and every belfry, picaresque canal and famous seventeenth-century building in the ‘Venice of the North’.

Its mock-artistic thriller trappings notwithstanding, ‘In Bruges’ is basically a funny, tragicomic two-hander, with the casting of Farrell alongside Gleeson enabling a pleasing Irish inflection: culture-vulture old pro Ken and philistine loose cannon Ray are Dublin-accented, London-Irishmen with shared guilty pasts awaiting fate in the person of psychopathic boss Harry (Ralph Fiennes as an enjoyable, mumbling Mamet-ian figure with a suicidal sense of honour).

McDonagh adeptly milks the situation comedy of the mismatched pair with the clock running down – as in Edouard Molinaro’s film ‘A Pain in the Arse’ – lacing his drama with cheeky racist-dwarf jokes and dextrous set-pieces (notably an amusing face-to-face encounter out of Michael Mann’s ‘Heat’). But the film’s real pleasure lies in McDonagh’s verbal felicity – the naturalistic dialogue is a breath of fresh air – and while Farrell struggles to juggle his humorous ‘thick’ persona with  romantic pathos, Gleeson excels in his role as the weary gangster pondering the possibilities for his own shot at redemption.
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Fri Apr 18, 2008

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107 mins

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EsEs

The movie was so bad that made my boyfriend and I search for comments and ratings. How is even possible people to like it?? So slow and predictable..wtf...We are going to live in Bruges for 10 months and only the words "This is hell - to spend your time in Bruges" are in my head...I will strongly recommend to people not to watch it. And I am sure the high ratings are given by Belgian people and Vietnamese. It is so sick...

Caner

a masterpiece. movie of my life. this film has this spectacular atmosphere that most modern films can't give to the viewer. other than the brilliant direction and script, that sonat and songs such as "on a raglan rode" make you think you're in an ongoing fairytale. of course this bruges has a share in. and finally there is a colin farrell event in it. his acting in this film is beyond acting. he is like "see what's happening when I'd like to act". he's terrific in one word. just do yourself a favour and do not miss this artwork. because you bet there won't be one more coming soon.

Caner

a masterpiece. movie of my life. this film has this spectacular atmosphere that most modern films can't give to the viewer. other than the brilliant direction and script, that sonat and songs such as "on a raglan rode" make you think you're in an ongoing fairytale. of course this bruges has a share in. and finally there is a colin farrell event in it. his acting in this film is beyond acting. he is like "see what's happening when I'd like to act". he's terrific in one word. just do yourself a favour and do not miss this artwork. because you bet there won't be one more coming soon.

Pete Kane

Best film I've seen in years made me laugh and made me sad - not many manage that - the two main characters are a marriage made in heaven - five stars

Pete Kane

Best film I've seen in years made me laugh and made me sad - not many manage that - the two main characters are a marriage made in heaven - five stars

pauge

Gleeson is brilliant as the philosophical hitman and Farrell is a charmer-just eat in the non-smoking section if you really don't like smoke! A little bit comic bookish in places, though the humour, and girls, there is plenty of it, never suffers. Nicely paced.

weatherman

Ive just seen In Bruges probably for the 4th time and with each viewing the emotional pleasure and joy the film brings continues to grow. The film is unique and other than saying it is special and brilliant, the only other comment I will make is that I know exactly which of the reviewers I would like to share time with and equally the ones I would avoid like the plague.It is good that sites like this one show us which side of the divide we are in.you type in this box will appear on the site

weatherman

Ive just seen In Bruges probably for the 4th time and with each viewing the emotional pleasure and joy the film brings continues to grow. The film is unique and other than saying it is special and brilliant, the only other comment I will make is that I know exactly which of the reviewers I would like to share time with and equally the ones I would avoid like the plague.It is good that sites like this one show us which side of the divide we are in.you type in this box will appear on the site

EDD

very good film, action and comedy of a different variety than usually seen of this nature worked well

Beast

Seriously, the only people who will like this film are those who either have no grasp on reality, or are stuck up snobs who like to think that they are more cultured than they are. The bloke below says it spot on, when you've a film where the police are preventing people leaving town for a few fisty-cuffs, yet don't turn up after endless mid-street gunfights it says it all. Joolz Holland and Jazz lovers will love it, real men and women will see it for the peice of pap it is.

Will

Brilliant film. I can only presume those people who didn't enjoy it take no pleasure in intelligent dialogue, thoughtful cinematography and well-developed story and plot lines. In which case I suggest a Jean-Claude Van-Damme movie, or possibly a Tarantino for the cultured American (what's the difference between America and a pot of yoghurt? Leave a pot of yoghurt alone for long enough and it'll develop its own culture)

Will

Brilliant film. I can only presume those people who didn't enjoy it take no pleasure in intelligent dialogue, thoughtful cinematography and well-developed story and plot lines. In which case I suggest a Jean-Claude Van-Damme movie, or possibly a Tarantino for the cultured American (what's the difference between America and a pot of yoghurt? Leave a pot of yoghurt alone for long enough and it'll develop its own culture)

Jimbo

Cracking film. Had in my lovefilm account for ages, forgot about it and it finally arrived. Actors are great and some good lines, especially from Fines. A nice suprise and good ending.

Emily

Both my boyfriend and I simply saw this as a couple of hours of our lives wasted. It felt incredibly slow, dull, and something I wouldn't recommend to anyone! However seeing some other comments on here it appears I was missing a trick! My brother like some other said it was the funniest and best film he'd seen in a while but I don't even remember laughing, just avoiding sleeping!!

Tilney

A great film, I must admit the funny moments are overated but it still found it a great watch. Colin Farrell's character Ray was simply brilliant, swapping between his state of normality and torment. Some parts are a little far fetched but I would recomend it to anyone. And the music is brilliant.

Tilney

A great film, I must admit the funny moments are overated but it still found it a great watch. Colin Farrell's character Ray was simply brilliant, swapping between his state of normality and torment. Some parts are a little far fetched but I would recomend it to anyone. And the music is brilliant.

Tom

an incredible film. probable up in my top 5 this films really makes you think whilst at the same time making you laugh with its witty well timed one liners and banter between farrel and gleeson. McDonagh has done an excellent job and should be proud. i could watch this film over and over and still love every moment of it. all i can say is thankyou. it was unbeliveably good.

Tom

an incredible film. probable up in my top 5 this films really makes you think whilst at the same time making you laugh with its witty well timed one liners and banter between farrel and gleeson. McDonagh has done an excellent job and should be proud. i could watch this film over and over and still love every moment of it. all i can say is thankyou. it was unbeliveably good.

tony

Brilliant film, dark humour, great acting, stunning setting set to haunting music. Just watched it again in Singapore with the swearing edited out - just wasn't the same!

tony

Brilliant film, dark humour, great acting, stunning setting set to haunting music. Just watched it again in Singapore with the swearing edited out - just wasn't the same!

Dan

Absolute garbage!! Boring as boring can be, stupid and illogical (a copper stops a train to arrest someone for throwing two punches, yet there's no police to be seen when two men are running round the middle of Bruges shooting at each other), and very up it's own backside. To enjoy this film you've had to lived in a bubble all your life and/or be big into Colin Farrel, because it's the ultimate in entertainment dross. Avoid like the plague!

mary

what is so amusing about constant swearing and violent death? A sick and nasty film.

Jon

Without doubt one of the best films I have seen in a long long time. Looking at the reviews across various sites, I think it must be a marmite sort of film so the best advise I could give is simply watch it and see. I have never rated Colin Farrell one tiny bit but he is fantastically dry and witty in this film. Some of the one liners rank up there with the ever repeating Lock, Stock and Snatch quotes.

Jon

Without doubt one of the best films I have seen in a long long time. Looking at the reviews across various sites, I think it must be a marmite sort of film so the best advise I could give is simply watch it and see. I have never rated Colin Farrell one tiny bit but he is fantastically dry and witty in this film. Some of the one liners rank up there with the ever repeating Lock, Stock and Snatch quotes.

elizabeth

Just watched this film. A complete waste of time. Absolute rubbish . Fell asleep it wasso boring.

Daj

I didn't expect much when I went to see this film, I've been to Brugges and picturesque though it is, its not much of a happening place. Which leads me to Farrell, I've never rated him, good looking chap but with all the acting ability of a medieval clock tower. But what little he had was extracted and laid out before us on the screen proudly and unashamedly, to the point where I thought he's not bad. As for Gleeson, himself, it is a nice change to see him in the forefront of a film, playing a part with subtleness and tenderness. The humour, which can be profane, racist, dwarfish and violent made me laugh out loud, which surprised me. What draws it together though is the performance of the two leads. Moving, insightful, and character driven made me laugh and shed a tear. Oh yeah and Ralph Feinnes isn't bad either. Overall a great film, sure to be a cult hit, I'll be spreading the word.

Daj

I didn't expect much when I went to see this film, I've been to Brugges and picturesque though it is, its not much of a happening place. Which leads me to Farrell, I've never rated him, good looking chap but with all the acting ability of a medieval clock tower. But what little he had was extracted and laid out before us on the screen proudly and unashamedly, to the point where I thought he's not bad. As for Gleeson, himself, it is a nice change to see him in the forefront of a film, playing a part with subtleness and tenderness. The humour, which can be profane, racist, dwarfish and violent made me laugh out loud, which surprised me. What draws it together though is the performance of the two leads. Moving, insightful, and character driven made me laugh and shed a tear. Oh yeah and Ralph Feinnes isn't bad either. Overall a great film, sure to be a cult hit, I'll be spreading the word.

Boxy

Best film of the year.... easily. Maybe this century? It first uses our familiarity with the crudeness of Gordon Ramsey, but that is only the f**king start of it. This has to go down as one of the best black comedic films of all time. But then add the moral redemption elements, parallels to the classic Don't Look Now and things start to get interesting. Colin Farrell... wow!... that tear! Every single moment is joyous, tragic and full of weight. Another example of what only Europe can bring to feel.

Boxy

Best film of the year.... easily. Maybe this century? It first uses our familiarity with the crudeness of Gordon Ramsey, but that is only the f**king start of it. This has to go down as one of the best black comedic films of all time. But then add the moral redemption elements, parallels to the classic Don't Look Now and things start to get interesting. Colin Farrell... wow!... that tear! Every single moment is joyous, tragic and full of weight. Another example of what only Europe can bring to feel.

Michael

A wonderful dark, moody, funny, exploration of the relationship between these two "hard" men. Layer after layer of visual treats along with the distinctly Irish wit makes this a very rich tapestry indeed. The score is very evocative and moody. the use of Raglan Road in the bell tower was quite spectacular, granted it was an insider thing but spectacular none the less. This movie is destined for cult status. One word of warning though you really need some depth of soul to appreciate the nuances laid out for your delectation, a pop movie it is not.

Michael

A wonderful dark, moody, funny, exploration of the relationship between these two "hard" men. Layer after layer of visual treats along with the distinctly Irish wit makes this a very rich tapestry indeed. The score is very evocative and moody. the use of Raglan Road in the bell tower was quite spectacular, granted it was an insider thing but spectacular none the less. This movie is destined for cult status. One word of warning though you really need some depth of soul to appreciate the nuances laid out for your delectation, a pop movie it is not.

Technoguy

A funny back-handed homage to Brugges.Two hit men holed up in this quaint medieval town waiting for Harry the cockney boss who's sent them there to lie low.The fact that Ken and Ray are two Irishmen cracking jokes for and against Bruges makes it more interesting.Farrell and Gleeson make a great doubl act.There are many un-PC jokes against fat people,dwarfs,Americans and gays but the overall tone is more considerate.Ray however is doing penance for accidently killing a boy while killing a priest back in London.Harry(Fiennes) wants him to see Bruges before asking Ken(Gleeson) to kill him for the death of the child(against his code).There were one or two scenes I found in bad taste but I enjoyed the situation and set up and the striking dialogue and one liners.You become aware this film is written by a former dramatist.I'm not sure he has quite enough savvy in cinema to become fully fledged as a director too.Bergman and Mamet have done it.Will he?

clive

Hi, there. I've recently seen this movie - In Bruges. It was nice at first, but it inserted the gay stuff afterwards. It was so fuckin; forced. Back,in the 80's, the films were just great. Why the fuck the gay presence should be any movie's dream, these days, anyway?

miki

Very, very funny, if not little bit naughty and politically incorrect.

miki

Very, very funny, if not little bit naughty and politically incorrect.

Jeremy Clulow

Excellent film. Sparse, dark, witty and delightfully politically incorrect "Withnail and I" meets "Death in Venice". Destined to become a classic.

Jeremy Clulow

Excellent film. Sparse, dark, witty and delightfully politically incorrect "Withnail and I" meets "Death in Venice". Destined to become a classic.

Tim Lynch

Don't let the number of verbal "f*ck"s in the first 10 minutes put you off. Suberb Irish black comedy with some cuture thrown in. Escalates into a violent yet even funnier rollercoaster when Fiennes arrives.

Tim Lynch

Don't let the number of verbal "f*ck"s in the first 10 minutes put you off. Suberb Irish black comedy with some cuture thrown in. Escalates into a violent yet even funnier rollercoaster when Fiennes arrives.

Lindsey

The film was great, a good mix of comedy and tragedy that made you both laugh and cry at different times. Plus some great one liners my boyfriend is still using. A must see!

Lindsey

The film was great, a good mix of comedy and tragedy that made you both laugh and cry at different times. Plus some great one liners my boyfriend is still using. A must see!

Sutton

A very enjoyable dark comedy, All three leads were good though I though Farrell was trying to do a Father Ted impersonation at times. Some superb lines and belly laughs.

Sutton

A very enjoyable dark comedy, All three leads were good though I though Farrell was trying to do a Father Ted impersonation at times. Some superb lines and belly laughs.

Tom O

I saw this film last night and was really impressed. There were some laugh out loud moments - all coming from the tension and characterisation that are so rare in 'Man with Guns' films. All the strands got tied in to make a credible story. I was surprised that this was an 18 certificate. The violence and swearing wasn't much worse than TV drama these days and was essential to make these characters unappealling as most of the story was about explaining and justifying their actions. Affecting, shocking and funny.

Tom O

I saw this film last night and was really impressed. There were some laugh out loud moments - all coming from the tension and characterisation that are so rare in 'Man with Guns' films. All the strands got tied in to make a credible story. I was surprised that this was an 18 certificate. The violence and swearing wasn't much worse than TV drama these days and was essential to make these characters unappealling as most of the story was about explaining and justifying their actions. Affecting, shocking and funny.

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