In Bruges (2008) “Harry, let's face it. And I'm not being funny. I mean no disrespect, but you're a cunt. You're a cunt now, and you've always been a cunt. And the only thing that's going to change is that you're going to be an even bigger cunt. Maybe have some more cunt kids.” —Ken
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In Bruges ~ R ~ 2008 ~ #MartinMcDonagh#ColinFarrell#BrendanGleeson#ClémencePoésy#JordanPrentice#RalphFiennes#TheklaReuten#JérémieRenier#EricGordon#ZeljkoIvanek Two assassins lay low in the small Belgian town of Bruges, waiting for their next assignment. I got twenty minutes into this movie once but stopped because I couldn’t understand Colin Farrell’s fast talking with a strong accent & realized I had no idea what was going on. This time I made the wise decision to turn captions on. I’m glad I gave it a second chance because this movie was fantastic & a blast to watch. The reason I consider black comedies to be one of my favorite film genres is because they usually provide a strong balance between drama & humor, as well as artistic & entertainment value. In Bruges is a perfect example of this. As hilarious as this movie is, the dramatic moments are effective & the story remains compelling throughout. Farrell gave a great performance, but I was more impressed with Brendan Gleeson. Normally someone I see as a supporting cast member, he shined as a costar alongside Farrell. The story itself is well-written, adding depth & personality to a lot of characters. It feels very poetic & there is little information given that does not have some relevance to the story. My only real concern is with the pacing during certain points of the story, particularly in the second act. There are a couple sequences that just feel like they could have been expanded on a little more. Truthfully, though, this was a fantastic movie & it’s no wonder why it’s one of the most common examples of a black comedy. It is definitely worth a watch. 4.5/5 #InBruges#Bruges#Belgium#assassin#hitman#midget#dwarf#comedy#funny#drama#movie#film#moviereview
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Bons baisers de Bruges (to: In Bruges) 〰️ 🇬🇧 2008 de Martin McDonagh, drame/policier
Après un contrat qui a mal tourné à Londres, deux tueurs à gages reçoivent l'ordre d'aller se faire oublier quelque temps à Bruges.
Ray est rongé par son échec et déteste la ville tandis que Ken se laisse gagner par le calme et la beauté de la cité. Quand le patron finit par appeler et demande à Ken d'abattre Ray, les vacances se transforment en une course-poursuite surréaliste dans les rues de la ville... Avis :
Excellent film!! Très bien réussi! Je l'ai découvert dans mes livres de cinéma. Le duo des deux tueurs à gages est superbe: le côté protecteur de Ken envers son jeune collègue, leur grande complicité.. ils s'engueulent comme deux frères! Un film policier hors du commun: une grande part d'amour est présente dans le film, amplifiée par la romance médiévale de cette petite ville belge. L'atmosphère y est très féerique, sympathique et elle encadre complètement tout le récit, c'est à dire que tout le film se déroule entièrement dans ces petites ruelles pavées, ces restaurants chaleureux, et surtout, son immense tour qui surplombe la ville. Elle apparaît dans presque toutes les scènes, signant ainsi son rôle majeur dans le récit: à la fois lieu d'ouverture, de péripéties, mais aussi de clôture du film. Des liens visuels splendides, une lumière somptueuse. Les personnages secondaires sont chouettes et plaisants. Les dernières scènes m'ont complètement retournée: l'intensité dramatique à son apogée, la destruction morale des personnages, les courses-poursuites dans la ville et coups de pistolets au nez des touristes.. j'ai retenu mon souffle!! La chute est juste.. glaçante!!! Les 1h40 de film nous passent sous le nez! Un film appelé à devenir chef d'oeuvre.
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17/20 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ EXCELLENT FILM, SUPERBE(S) RÉALISATION/DÉCORS/ACTEURS
REVIEW: Recently, I finally managed to see Martin McDonaugh's 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,' and before I share my review of that film, I'm going to share my thoughts on his first 2. So let's kick off with this brilliant little piece of work.
WHAT I LIKED: 'In Bruges,' is genuinely one of the best-written comedies put to film in a long time as Martin McDonagh crafts a script full of intelligent witt that earns even the most offensive of jokes with its hilarity. Seriously, it's rare that a film nails comedy in this kind of quiet and reserved way with a premise that's so outrageous, but the delivery of the madness here is so dry and well-timed that you'll be left giggling profusely and smiling just thinking about the events that unfold. Of course none of that would be possible without the comedic brilliance of Colin Farrell, Bredan Gleeson and Ralph Feinnes, as their individual performances and the way they play off each other is golden. Match that with the dealing of some genuinely serious and occasionally moving themes (made possible by the delivery of the comedy) and what you get is a film that truly puts writer/director Martin McDonagh on the map and makes for one of the best comedies of the decade.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: Despite its impressively hilarious shoes, it may still be a little too crude for them in places...
VERDICT: 4/5 - A smart, hilarious, and occasionally affecting dark comedy, 'In Bruges,' is a brilliantly-written film that gets everyone excited to see what Martin McDonagh has got in store next.
So there are my thoughts on 'In Bruges,' what are yours? Let me know in the comments folks.
Church of Our Lady. In the film "In Bruges," an American midget (dwarf) named Jimmy is shooting a movie at this location. During the last sequence of the film, Jimmy's film is recording some "weird Boschian nightmare" here. This is also the last structure that Ray looks upon in the movie.
Ray: What are they doing over there? They're filming something. They're filming midgets!
[Ray runs off and watches Jimmy being instructed by the director, who Jimmy flicks off as soon as he leaves]
Ken: Ray, come on. Let's go.
Ray: My ass let's go. They're filming midgets.
In Bruges (2008)
Best black comedy of the decade! Its hilarious and thrilling at the same time. Martin McDonagh's humor is on a completely different level. This film is all about script and acting. Direction, camara work, everything comes second. The beautifully developed characters are played even more beautifully by all the actors. It'll get you rofl more often than your average comedy movies. Gotta respect Brendon Gleeson, Colin Farrel and Ralph Fiennes (I think it's his second best after Schindler's List) for their performance. A must see for black comedy/crime thriller fans. Tell me in comments what's your opinion on it.
It has some brilliant exchanges but this gets me every time I see it:
Ken(Brendon Gleeson): Harry, let's face it. And I'm not being funny. I mean no disrespect, but you're a cunt. You're a cunt now, and you've always been a cunt. And the only thing that's going to change is that you're going to be an even bigger cunt. Maybe have some more cunt kids.
Harry(Ralph Fiennes) : Leave my kids fucking out of it! What have they done? You fucking retract that bit about my cunt fucking kids!
Ken: I retract that bit about your cunt fucking kids.
Harry : Insult my fucking kids? That's going overboard, mate!
Ken: I retracted it, didn't I?
Luke's Rating: 9 of 10 👍
Rotten Tomatoes: 84% 🍅
Martin McDonagh, although he has a small filmography, is one of my favorite screenwriters in the business. In Bruges is the pinnacle of his career, but my hopes are high for 3 Billboards. Ray and Ken are hiding out in Bruges after a hit gone wrong. The two hitmen were ordered to stay their and sightsee until they hear from their boss Harry. This film does a lot of things right. As for performances, the attention to detail with their mannerisms that both Brendan Gleeson, and Colin Farrell give, make their characters seem all the more real. Ralph Fiennes, portrayal of Harry is one of my favorite on screen characters to date. The score is morose, but beautiful at the same time. It really sets the tone for the film, giving you an emotional sense to what the characters are going through, and what it would be like to be in Bruges. What I like about McDonagh's script is that everything has a purpose. There isn't one instance of dialogue that doesn't fit with something else in the script. This is a strong example of writing, and McDonagh's adaptable directing technique really allows for the story to take over. #GuertlerGuarantee#2008#MartinMcDonagh#ColinFarrell#BrendanGleeson#RalphFiennes#ClémencePoésy#JordanPrentice#TheklaReuten#UniversalStudios#FocusFeatures#Comedy#Action
IN BRUGES (2008) Rated R
Director: Martin McDonagh
Starring: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes
Genre: Comedy, crime, drama
5-Second Summary: After a difficult job goes wrong, Ray and his partner head to Bruges, Belgium, while they wait for things to cool down.
Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars
Should you see this movie in Bruges? It seems only right. This movie is funny, smart, vulgar, clever, disturbing, thrilling, ridiculous, prejudiced, the list goes on. But mostly, this movie is ironic. That's what you get from European black comedies, and also from a plot where, at some point, every character wants to kill either themselves or somebody else. Sadly and funnily enough, the frustrating part is that no one can follow through. I mean, the scene on the bench has got to be one of the best almost-kill scenes in any movie. And to think how close they both were to it. It's really insane. And i can't decide whether it's better or worse that it's so freaking hysterical. It has one of those endings that potentially erases the entire plot of the film--like Hunger Games, if you will--but if you understand everything, it'll leave you feeling grossly silly with a tummy aching from laughter.
Shining Star: Well, I've got the entire cast of Harry Potter to choose from. Colin Farrell, though. He's such a funny pansy of a man in this movie, but then he's also ridiculously charming. Turn your subtitles on for this one, the accents are a bit thick. No complaints.
If you enjoyed Seven Psychopaths, Burn After Reading, or Trainspotting, check out In Bruges!
What are your thoughts?
Nº 27: "In Bruges"
Director: Martin McDonagh
Screenplay: Martin McDonagh
I really had a good time with this one. A few gripes, but I'll get to those in a bit.
The acting was very organic and funny during the film. Ray's (Farrell) hatred for the city of Bruges is hilarious and one of the funnier parts of the movie for me. Gleeson's Ken is a surprisingly moral man for a contract killer, so that was a nice bit of character nuance.
I love the scenery of Bruges. All of the old architecture and sites visited in the film are beautifully shot and explored.
Onto a bit of criticism:
I don't like how the 3rd act of the film came together. There is a chase scene that occurs that makes zero sense to me. One man is running down an open road, unarmed, being chased by another armed man. Armed man doesn't stop and take calculated shots like a rational person, especially given his professional history with guns, etc. He does post up for a shot toward the conclusion of the scene, but the whole mess was avoidable. I guess the chase was all a writing setup for the finale of the film, which to me felt forced and anticlimactic.
Overall, would recommend. It's on Netflix, so there's really no reason NOT to watch it.