Tuesday, June 24, 2008

MOVIE: IN BRUGES



ABOUT: In Bruges is a film directed and written by Martin McDonagh.

Having just carried out a particularly difficult hit in London, two hitmen seek shelter in Bruges, Belgium, only to find their views on life and death permanently altered by their interactions with the locals, the tourists, and a film crew. Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, and Ralph Fiennes star.




The film contains many references to Don't Look Now, including the claim by Chloƫ, one of the film's characters, that the film-within-a-film is a pastiche of Don't Look Now. The plot also has remarkable similarities to Harold Pinter's The Dumb Waiter.


MY REVIEW: A friend of mine recently spent a day in Bruges. It was apart of his solo backpacking through Europe trip to find himself and think about his life. After he got back I asked him if he had heard about this movie and he said yeah. I asked him if Bruges was a weird place like the trailer seems to hint at and he said no. He said that it is a really beautiful place with lots of neat sights and churches. He even described a church that was in the movie where, supposedly, you can see the blood of Christ.

The trailer for In Bruges seems to advertise the movie as a dramedy with Bruges as some weird town. The movie itself, however, is much more darker and less comedic than the trailer shows. Bruges itself doesn't seem weird, wacky or a small town. It looks like a rather big tourist type place that provides a backdrop for the movie but not a main central plot point of the movie. It's not like the town Bill Murray was stuck in in Groundhog Day, which was very important to the story.

It has moments of funny lines, nice music and really good acting. There are some scenes here and there that just don't work but the ones toward the end make up for them. The ending seemed kind of off to me but I think for some people it will work but for me it didn't. It's still a nice little film but I'd rather actually go to Bruges and see the blood of Christ.

The DVD contains deleted and extended scenes. A gag reel and some other features that I didn't bother looking at.


MY CHEESY RATING: In Bruges you will have a fun time. 6 out of 10


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