[Sort of] Quick Review: In Bruges (2008)

In Bruges

Release Date: February 29, 2008

Director: Martin McDonagh

Stars: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes

Runtime: 107 min

Tagline: Shoot first. Sightsee later.

Martin McDonagh brings us a great action comedy in his first feature film endeavour.

Colin Farrell portrays a hitman named Ray. Ray is currently in a bad state, because he is guilt-ridden because of a job gone wrong, where he accidentally killed an innocent bystander. He and his partner in crime, Ken (Brendan Gleeson) get put in a small bed and breakfast in Bruges, Belgium. They are told to wait there by their boss, Harry (Ralph Fiennes), who tells them to sightsee and enjoy the scenery. Ken’s all up for it, but it’s not particularly something that interests simple-minded Ray. Once Harry finally gives the job to Ray, he isn’t sure if he can go through with it – and must have an internal fight of morals to make his final decision.

McDonagh has a real knack for making the seemingly worst of people, like in this film hitmen, and turn them into great and fairly likeable character. Ray is likeable, despite his constant pessimism and irritability. In McDonagh’s most recent film, and second feature film, Seven Psychopaths, he makes a set of psychopaths into likeable characters.

His unique character development is great because you can easily get emotionally invested into these colourful characters. Each character is pretty great.

There are quite a few gruesome scenes, but they are pretty fun to watch, especially if gruesome action is your forté. The comedy is pretty great, I was chuckling in a few scenes and was laughing uncontrollably in others. If you do love this sort of gruesome action and McDonagh’s brand of comedy, it’ll sort of be an action-comedy styled Heaven.

Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes, Clémence Poésy, Jérémie Renier, Jordan Prentice, Thekla Reuten, Mark C. Donovan, Zeljko Ivanek, Eric Godon and Rudy Blomme star in this film.

In Bruges is a great cinematic experience that is unique and definitely deserved that Best Original Screenplay nomination. Some of the comedy is really far between, and some scenes aren’t as memorable as others, but that’s really its only flaw. I don’t think I’ll rush back to watching it, but I’m glad I did, because it was pretty fun and had some great characters with great layers.


10 thoughts on “[Sort of] Quick Review: In Bruges (2008)

  1. Glad you enjoyed the movie, I must say it was my favorite movie in 2008, Fiennes’s character was so hilarious and the film was very unique, both Gleeson and Farrel gave strong performances.

    1. It definitely would be up there for me, but mine would probably have to be The Dark Knight (at least that’s all I can think of right now, maybe Slumdog Millionaire, too..). Yeah that’s really true, great comedy and characters and performances all across the board 🙂

    1. Oh yeah, he was great in it!! 🙂 Thank you! Haha, yeah, it might just be worthy of that – I still remember it well after only seeing it once. Did you ever catch Seven Psychopaths?

  2. Loving your reviews so far, and I had to check this out! 🙂 I love dark comedies, so In Bruges ranks high in my top 10 all-time favourites. I was cheering when it won Best Screenplay (back when I still watched the Oscars, haha). Can’t wait to see Three Billboards Outside Ebbing!

    1. Yay, thanks Jade 🙂 I remember liking his film Seven Psychopaths a bit better but this one’s so good. Yes, Three Billboards should be great, definitely one of my most anticipated of this year

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