Review: In Bruges

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Very few movies in the past managed to blend the genres of comedy and crime in one motion picture, but most of those few wound up uninspired and quite dull. However, once in a blue moon, a movie gets it right and exceeds expectations. After a London assassination job gone wrong, Irish hit men Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson are ordered to the old-fashioned Flemish town of Bruges to hide out until the heat dies down. From the start, Farrell is twitchy and frustrated in such a small, non-happening place; as Gleeson placidly enjoys the sights on offer in the best-preserved medieval town in Belgium, Farrell drinks and bitches and babbles nervously, at least until he runs across a pretty girl on a movie set, and starts coming up with his own distractions, and eventually many things happen after that that leads to unprecedented chain of events. In Bruges starts both quietly and funny at first but eventually new twists and plots emerge and inspire to take the story in new directions. Sometimes it’s shockingly poignant and touching; at other times, it’s a gripping crime drama; then it veers back to comedy. But despite of that, you will never get lost and you will find yourself sightseeing Bruges at the same time. The performance is the winning formula of the movie; Gleeson and Farrell have a wonderful chemistry, and their one-on-one moments are funny and sympathetic. Truly, all the characters in the movie have a distinct flare and some of them are odd and unsavory, in a very smart way; the unusual role of Ralph Fiennes in this movie was certainly a surprise but welcoming. The film’s score is both subtle and exciting, depending on the situation that has taken place in the film. The ending however, might leave some people wanting more, but personally, I found it very smart and semi-open ended.

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Despite being dialogue heavy, In Bruges is an engaging film. It is sharply written, superbly acted, funny and even occasionally touching that will leave people wanting more. In addition, it is easily one of the best debut feature films in recent memory; kudos to Martin McDonagh -the director and the writer of the movie- for springing this movie to life. So far, it is the best movie in 2008. Do yourself a favor and watch it.

The Bottom Line

A-

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Ok, I really want to see this movie! I bet its going to be good!!

    Reply

  2. @Marzouq

    It’s going to be great. I hope you like it as much as I did 🙂

    Reply

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