Full Movie Reviews
memento_mori - wrote on 07/04/2013
Just like Pulp Fiction, this is a film that contains everything I love: Beautiful pacing, authentic acting, dark comedy, witty dialogue and characters you can care for.
Colin Farrell is literally on fire in this movie (but not literally). He is funny, he is heart-warming, he is dramatic, he is a great actor. I just wish he would pick a few more scripts like this one.
His character is burdened with guilt for an act he committed (which I will never spoil to anyone), and he really knows how to show this guilt. The scene at the park almost made me cry.
Equally awesome in the role of Ken is Brendan Gleeson.
Who knew simple piano compositions could work so powerfully? The music is so little and understated, but it has a dark undertone and a hint of cunning and what I like to call 'tip-toe …
LeeAnn M. - wrote on 04/19/2013
Sometimes, more than the first viewing of a movie is needed to fully understand it. I admit, when I first saw In Bruges, I hated the snot out of it. The fast talking, the Irish accents, and the all the killing was too much to bear any resemblance to entertainment. A few years later, I watch a little movie called Seven Psychopaths and find it quite entertaining and funny. It had a good build up to to end. Well, that is the sort of movie In Bruges is. It seems to be going nowhere quite slowly, but it all gets sorted out in the end with a little patience.
Two hitmen get sent by their boss to hide out in Bruges. It's a real place. It's quiet, charming, and full of history. The movie is about why these two hitmen are hiding out, their friendship to each other, and the depths that friendship …
Lee - wrote on 01/19/2013
Before i watch Seven Psychopaths a film i wanted to see as well as being my first of english director Martin McDonagh's I was told to watch 'In Bruges' first as to which i did and was pleasantly surprised it was a pretty good dark comedy with some dramatic flares to it. Great casting that stars Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes. Farrell portrays Ray a newbie hitman who is wracked with guilt over botching up his first hit and killing a young boy. Along with best buddy also a hitman Brendan Gleeson (Ken) relocates to Bruges, Denmark due to orders to lay low from crime boss Harry Waters(Ralph Fiennes). Upon arriving at the historical city It's not long before Ray falls in love with a Belgium actress who is in town shooting a film that stars an american dwarf named …
Yojimbo - wrote on 03/29/2012
Failed hit man Colin Farrell is sent to Bruges with fellow hit man 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 humorous 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 …
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 12/31/2011
Ken (Brendan Gleeson) and Ray (Colin Farrell) are sent to Bruges by their employer Harry Waters (Ralph Fiennes). Ray introduces himself to Chloë (Clémence Poésy), a local thieving drug dealer who likewise acts as a production assistant. He is designated to kill a man but accidentally hits an innocent boy. Harry comes after Ray in Belgium. Sincere acting coupled with a unique plot about principles and honor. The screenplay was funny and thought provoking in certain scenes. A few reservations this reviewer had were the lack of better characterization and a more engaging pace. Best scenes were toward the conclusion and when Ken was about to eliminate Ray in the park. In Burges is a decent comedy crime drama with wonderful performances despite a few minute nuisances.
MovieGuy878 - wrote on 05/29/2009
"In Bruges" is a great example of a movie that's better than it should be. The take on hitmen have been tackled in movies a good amount, but it has never been this good. The movie is a dark comedy at its core, yet it has some affective drama thrown in. Both of the genres oddly mix wonderfully, and is balanced well. I went in not expecting much, but i gladally was suprised. The story of "In Bruges" is one that gradually hooks you in and works for your respect. "In Bruges" is daring, occasionally poetic, and a real breath of fresh air.The story is a deep character study and cautionary tale that works with its great, memorable characters. All characters are flawed, but they grow on you. "In Bruges" takes risks, but they all pay off with amazing results. All of this couldn't be possible if …
Franz Patrick - wrote on 08/29/2008
All I could say as the credits started rolling was, “Wow.” I relished every minute of this film because it managed to successfully fuse two of my favourite genres–dark comedy and suspense thriller–in an elegant and astute manner. Granted, three-fourths of the movie leaned toward the former and the rest leaned toward the latter but it does not mean it’s less rewarding. Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson have such great chemistry. As the picture progressed, we get to realize that their characters weren’t just fellow hitmen–they were more like father and son. I was surprised by how much emotionally invested I was with the characters regardless of their occupation. The filmmakers were able to show that they, too, are people and are capable of feeling remorse and giving someone …
Tino - wrote on 05/16/2008
n Bruges is one of those movies, that takes you by surprise, right in the middle of any given moment of the film. It starts off as a somewhat vulgar, dark, english comedy. Throughout the entire film, the audience is given these long shots filled with operatic and slow music, while its patrons are bombarded with the architecture and beauty of the ancient city. The city becomes a character itself. It is a film that flows so smoothly, and just runs with a very unique feel. Sometimes it is artsy, even maybe poetic. Other times it has rock going along with a little bit of action. The film takes a dramatic twist, that really pulls tough on the emotional strains of both of the main characters. Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson give outstanding performances, that really show the darker and more …
newmans_own - wrote on 02/09/2008
Renowned playwright and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Martin McDonagh makes his feature film debut with IN BRUGES, a smart and tight thriller that will astound some while irk others. McDonagh is a very self conscious writer and director and immediately adapts to the realm of feature length film, introducing himself with a brash, take-it-or-leave-it style. In one scene, the famous one-shot opening sequence of “Touch of Evil” plays in the background. It is no small coincidence that the scene surrounding it is one extended shot as well.
But the film’s main strength, and the thing that will have people talking, is its dialogue. Showing absolutely no restraint, the words the characters say are deliberately designed to shock and certain to offend many groups of people. Yet none …