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In Bruges (2008)

Crime | 107 minutes
3,46 3.041 votes

Genre: Crime / Comedy

Duration: 107 minuten

Country: United Kingdom / United States

Directed by: Martin McDonagh

Stars: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes

IMDb score: 7,9 (462.254)

Releasedate: 8 February 2008

In Bruges plot

"Shoot first. Sightsee later."

After a job that went seriously wrong, two hitmen are ordered to go into hiding in Bruges and wait there for a phone call from their boss. One uses the opportunity to sniff some art and culture, his companion thinks Bruges is a retarded hole. His remorse for what he's done wrong seems to lead him to depression, until he meets a girl who seems to reciprocate his bumbling advances. When after a few days the phone call finally arrives, it turns out that they weren't sent to Bruges just for the peaceful environment.

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One of the better movies I've seen lately. Although Ralph Fiennes and Brendan Gleeson both put on a strong and comedic performance, for me it was Colin Farell who excelled in his role. His facial expressions and body language in particular often make their already funny dialogues even stronger.(that shuffle in church )
Even when his tone becomes a bit more emotional, in my opinion it remained believable and fit within his character.

The whole story also flowed naturally towards the end. The whole movie is full of foreshadowing and each scene is one that kicks off the next scene or becomes relevant later in the movie. Think about how the change in one of the first scenes is refused at the cash register so he could use the coins later to clear his 'landing spot'... or how the fat Americans against all the 'advice' anyway. climb the tower stairs, so the tower is closed the night after because one of them had a heart attack It made the whole movie feel wonderfully 'finished'.
The climax of the film was also really satisfying and fit the character of the film completely.

I also just found the movie incredibly funny. I have often laughed out loud. "A bottle?!" What I also found very special was that the whole movie managed to feel like one. I mean the movie wasn't broken up into separate funny, emotional and exciting scenes. But that each scene was often all three at the same time.

Finally a new filmmaker has been discovered who is really good , be sure to check out his other films.


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“Maybe that's what hell is, the entire rest of eternity spent in fucking Bruges.”

Fantastic. This is really my kind of humor, and from the start I was watching Gleeson and Farrrell's adventures in Bruges with a big smile. A beautiful city, and there is also plenty to enjoy audiovisually. Especially the last part with the chase between Farrell and Fiennes is brilliant. In Bruges is a mafia comedy, and from the first scene it is clear that McDonagh is going into it with a straight leg. No one is spared, and McDonagh pushes the boundaries of what can still be seen as humor. Fine, and In Bruges doesn't even have a very special story, but everything is executed to perfection.

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You're an inanimate object!

Farrell may end up in production monstrosity every now and then, but every now and then you come across a gem that provides him with the perfect space to showcase his range as an actor. Here he plays the under-gifted criminal with a palpably heavy heart and an infectious antipathy for tourist bourgeoisie.

Gleeson is his perfect polar opposite and together they are simply irresistible. Best movie duo in a long time. Fiennes, the man when it comes to charismatic menace, is the icing on the cake. However small his role may be, he steals almost every scene with dry one-liners and perfect delivery.

Extremely ingeniously written with many details that subtly point forward (Gleeson who can't get rid of his change and later uses it to warn passers-by about his jump is a wonderful example). Yet the script never takes the intellectual high road and remains nimble.

Farrell switches phenomenally between cynicism, sadness and tearful discord, giving McDonagh the ideal trump card to propel his fickle plot. The ending scene is also perfect (and less open than people often think): Farrell who - despite all his wishes and attempts at suicide - ends up fervently wishing he wouldn't die. Pure farewell to an irresistible character.

Add to that a handful of eccentric supporting characters and some very memorable scenes and you have a film that is not only much smarter than its unpretentiously entertaining tone suggests; it's also one with infinite rewatchability and more quoteable bits of dialogue than we've seen since The Big Lebowski. A shame about that horrible bit of soundtrack at the end. 4.5*

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