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Saturday, February 2, 2008

In Bruges

Q: What’s the movie about?

A: The odd couple of hitmen (Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson) go to Bruges, Belgium to hide out after a botched hit, and find themselves in an interesting debate about life and death.

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes, Clemence Poesy, Jordan Prentice, Jeremie Renier, Thekla Reuten

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: PhotobucketGo! Did you know this was a comedy? Neither did I. It's a small, simple story about the human side of being someone who kills people for a living, which walks the line beautifully between comedy and empathy.

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: All you need to know is that Belgium is the new Canada. It's an easy target, ripe with humor just based on the fact that it has nothing much to offer. (If you are not British some of the jokes might go over your head, but there are still plenty that will hit the spot.)

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: No, but it's sure to offend you, as it knows no boundaries when it comes to making fun of racial, national, and midget groups.

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: It's a bad time to come out if you want to be recognized, but I hope that next year's voters will remember this film for Best Original Screenplay. Who are we kidding, the Academy can't remember anything that happened before November... so I guess we're counting on you BAFTA.

Q: How is the Acting?

A: There are two interesting firsts in this movie. One is Ralph Fiennes playing a working class guy, and the other is Colin Farrell doing a comedy. Ralph Fiennes departs so far from what we've seen him do, that you will actually be shocked when you see him show up on the screen. Colin Farrell's interpretation of his character is very interesting, and he is actually hilarious, but at times his performance feels a little pushed.

Q: How is the Directing?

A: First time feature director, Martin McDonagh, does a good job of insulting Bruges in the dialogue, while painting a love letter to it with the visuals. For all the condescending comments about Bruges, you will actually want to visit it when you're done watching this film.

Q: How is the story/script?

A: Excellent. While keeping with the Hollywood structure we all know and love, it manages to feel completely original, unusual, and unprecedented, always surprising you with what comes next. I may even go so far as to say this is the Pulp Fiction of its day.

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Christopher said...

I love your reviews. I agree with your ratings for the most part.

Monique said...

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely wonderful film. Gorgeous cinematography, well-written plot, absolutely worth watching.