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In Bruges - 1/4/2008 1:44:21 PM   
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RE: In Bruges - 1/4/2008 7:16:18 PM   
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Excellent film. Have seen it twice already and enjoyed it just as much on the second viewing. Anyone who's ever found themselves on a sightseeing holiday they didn't want to be on will find lots of humour here.

Consistently funny throughout with some endlessly quotable dialogue, too. Good performance from Farrell and (as per usual) Gleeson.

Fiennes may not be playing Hamlet, but he's clearly having fun. Empire got it right - his charachter is very similar to Ben Kingsley's in Sexy Beast - but translating that charachter to a comedy (assuming I didn't completely misinterpert the tone of Sexy Beast all those years ago) works very well.

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It's only getting great reviews as it's irish.


That's a discussion that probably shouldn't be engaged on here (if you yourself resort to Irish media for film reviews in which case I can see where you'd be coming from with respect to Irish films getting unusually good reviews), however I would say it's getting great reviews because it's really good.
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RE: Seen It - 7/4/2008 10:04:21 PM   
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Like Father Ted, but with guns.
Very funny and highly recommended.
4 stars
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RE: Seen It - 10/4/2008 11:12:40 AM   
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The best part of this film is the wonderful city of Bruges. But the rest is severley lacking. The humour is based on Colin Farrell swearing and raising his eyebrows at every opportunity. There are some genuine comic moments, but they are too few as the pace of the film beings to lag after the first 30 minutes. As for Fiennes terrible hackneyed gangster - only Brendan Gleeson keeps this from being total rubbish. It's only getting great reviews as it's irish.
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ORIGINAL: skeletonjack

Like Father Ted, but with guns.
Very funny and highly recommended.
4 stars

 
I couldn't help but laugh out loud at that one
 
I watched the film last night at the local multi-plex - I wasn't expecting much, but at the end of the day a free ticket is a free ticket. I ended up loving the film, and, seemingly like the rest of the audience laughing out loud every few minutes. I've never really been a huge Colin Farrell fan, but I thought the guy was hilarious in this, and as is to be expected, Brendan Gleeson was brilliant. The only problem I had was with Ralph Fiennes as harry, but after the suprise wore off, I managed to get used to it.
 
I'd deffinately recommend it to people, and I'll be looking out for it when it gets released on DVD - admitedly, not straight away, but when it comes into a £5 for £30" kinda range.

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RE: - 16/4/2008 12:37:52 AM   
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Very funny film that pulls no punches. Ace performences and a solid story but wasn't really expecting the dark tone of the last act. Although I guess it had to go down like that as it is a film about hitmen at the end of the day!! Top stuff.

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RE: In Bruges - 17/4/2008 11:04:56 AM   
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Well Focus Features are a subsidery of Universal....

Anyway, fucking loved it, havent smiled that much in the cinema for ages. Only things that stop it being a 5 star for me are the sometimes ill-thought out sudden leaps in tone and the female character never quite convinced me. Overall though, the dialogue is some of the best I have heard in ages, Farrell and Gleeson are a joy together, Ralph Fiennes is quite extradoinary (his phone conversation with Gleeson was probably my scene of the film) and any film with a midget waging war against balck midgets is good enough for me!

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RE: In Bruges - 17/4/2008 12:11:12 PM   
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A Brilliantly written and acted film.  And for anyone who didn't understand that Peter Serafinowicz Ralph Fiennes sketch - see this film and it'll become crystal clear.

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RE: - 18/4/2008 3:56:45 PM   
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Like many Irish people, Martin McDonagh appears to have been born in Camberwell, London.
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RE: Overrated - 19/4/2008 6:15:19 PM   
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Both dark, brutal and very funny in parts.... a very intriguing movie with all three leads on top form

4.5/5

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RE: Overrated - 19/4/2008 10:19:58 PM   
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Totally loved it.  Well scripted, well acted, well paced.  Everyone did their job in service to the story, no scene-stealing or scenery-chewing (which I half expected after seeing the trailer), some genuinely funny humor with some strong human characters.  I cannot find any real fault in the film, although I can see why some people might not like it.  Totally offbeat and excellent.  It's great that someone has the guts to show some everyday un-pc humour in a film.  The non-PC jibes are  hardly offensive and presented in such a manner that only those looking to be offended would be upset, and if you're going to watch a film billed as a comedy then it should be for the entertainment factor.  One of the best films I've seen yet this year.


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RE: Overrated - 19/4/2008 11:23:21 PM   
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I loved it, a close call between this and There Will Be Blood for film of the year so far for me. The acting was uniformly excellent (although maybe Ralph Fiennes portrayal of Harry seemed to be veering into 'Sir' Ben Kingsley Sexy Beast territory on more than one occasion), Colin Farrell shows that he can actually act and is wasted in crap like Miami Vice, and as always Brendan Gleeson is great. 

The trailer is maybe a little bit misleading, there are numerous extremely funny moments buts its not really the film to go and see if you want a comedy with a happy ending, but its several notches above the usual shite gangster films we seem to be inundated with these days.

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RE: Overrated - 20/4/2008 12:02:16 PM   
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this was not the film I was led to expect...i still enjoyed it...but I was led to expect a fast paced caper set in a quaint little town. But this was far more depressing than that! Kind of like my experience of "the savages". I went expecting a comedy intertwined with a touch of drama, but by the time credits rolled and the lights came on I had tears in ym eyes and my mate was bawling like a baby!

I hate it when trailers mis represent a film. Granted, In Bruges wasn't exceptionally misrepresented, but I also saw a trailer for deception last night and it looks like a completely different film to the one the TV spots seem to be advertising!

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RE: Overrated - 20/4/2008 8:48:38 PM   
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A bit slow but I loved it. It has a quick and witty script that is full of funny and snappy dialogue. Farrell and Gleason were very good but Ralph Fiennes stole the movie.

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RE: Overrated - 23/4/2008 5:27:12 AM   
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Totally loved it.  Well scripted, well acted, well paced.  Everyone did their job in service to the story, no scene-stealing or scenery-chewing (which I half expected after seeing the trailer), some genuinely funny humor with some strong human characters.  I cannot find any real fault in the film, although I can see why some people might not like it.  Totally offbeat and excellent.  It's great that someone has the guts to show some everyday un-pc humour in a film.  The non-PC jibes are  hardly offensive and presented in such a manner that only those looking to be offended would be upset, and if you're going to watch a film billed as a comedy then it should be for the entertainment factor.  One of the best films I've seen yet this year.




I pretty much agree with all of that. Often very funny yet strangely emotional as well. Quite excellent.


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RE: - 24/4/2008 2:22:01 PM   
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Going into the film I was rather pessimistic about the chances of me enjoying this flick but I need not have doubted as everyone is on 5 star form. Really sharp funny dialogue with a great performance from Farrell reassuring people that there is more to him behind his good looks and that moustache he had in Miami Vice. And it's good to see that there is another film maker besides Guy Ritchie who can tap into this sense of tone and still keep his audience laughing.

All in all a really good cinema experience. 4/5


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RE: Overrated - 29/4/2008 10:06:28 AM   
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This film is sick, sick, sick – and I absolutely loved it. It's like a guilty pleasure, you know you shouldn't really be laughing at something that is pretty violent and very un-PC and even quite shocking and sad in parts, but you can't help it, because it's brilliant. It actually makes you feel sorry for a couple of hit men. It restored my faith in Colin Farrell, who I had been thinking was just a waste of space – the whole cast was good.

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RE: In Bruges - 16/5/2008 6:31:23 PM   
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Just seen this now, after being released an age ago, it seems. Very funny and surprisingly emotional, Farrell is on top form and Gleeson as Ken is an avuncular uncle figure/mentor/friend to Farrell's troubled Ray. The ending is surprisingly touching and pulls no punches about what it wants to say. The scene with the 'Americans' in the restaurant was particularly funny, or Ray dodging the obese American chasing him for calling him an elephant. 4/5.

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RE: In Bruges - 20/5/2008 12:22:17 PM   
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Terrific little film. Gleeson's always good value but the real delights were seeing Farrell finally raise his game back up to "Tigerland" levels, and Fiennes actually having lots of fun in his role - he can be SO serious. I really liked how un-PC it is - not many films dare to show dead kids these days - and how the banter flew as quickly as the violence.

And having visited Bruges several times, I can quite categorically state that it is anything but a shithole.

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RE: In Bruges - 8/6/2008 12:50:40 AM   
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saw this when it first came out and again recently. quality movie. i thought it was brilliantly dark and funny. the language used is everyday normal language. people do swear that much in real life, that includes the c*nt word. so many funny scenes. i have to say the bit with the americans and the tower had me pissing myself laughing. excellant cast. brendan gleeson is one of the most underrated actors of his generation. colin farrell was excellant and fiennes looked like he was having the time of his life. maybe cut ten minutes off the run time but other than that fantastic.

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RE: Overrated - 14/8/2008 7:25:17 PM   
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that, was very good! been meaning to watch it for a while, had no idea what it was about and yeah, fucking great..

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RE: Overrated - 15/8/2008 8:12:24 AM   
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It's a brilliant film, right up my alley.  The comedy moments are surreal yet not ridiculous and I imagine I'll be quoting it forever.

Brendan Gleeson is, as always, fantastic however Colin Farrell is the standout.  His layered portrayal of Ray - a man who is most of the time a child in adult's clothes and at other times a victim of horrific inner demons - is masterful.  To be honest it's a performance I didn't believe Farrell had in him, now we know what Kevin Spacey was banging on about when he wowed about him on Ordinary Decent Criminal.

And credit to Ralph Fiennes who (just) manages to steer his performance of Harry away from being a Ben Kingsley rip-off.

One thing though, what was with the blink-and-you'll-miss-him appearance of Ciaran Hinds??

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RE: Overrated - 16/8/2008 10:19:58 PM   
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If you want a kickass flick that doesn't leave a bitter taste in the mouth, go and watch NEVER BACK DOWN. At least it doesn't pretend to be anything more than it is.




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In Bruges - Brilliant - 18/8/2008 11:22:39 AM   
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Cracking Film. Watched it over the Weekend. Loved Farrell and Gleeson Bouncing off other. Loved the Park Scene. Farrell Should deffinately do more like this. Well worth a watch.

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RE: In Bruges - Brilliant - 18/8/2008 12:05:18 PM   
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Watched this again on DVD this weekend, forgot just how good it is, sure to be in my top 10 at the end of the year and I think its rewatchability factor will be pretty high. My girlfriend really enjoyed it too. I especially love the perfect balance between comedy and tragedy that Martin McDonagh strikes with this also.

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RE: In Bruges - Brilliant - 18/8/2008 8:04:24 PM   
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Saw In Bruges last night and loved it! A total surprise because it got patchy reviews, so I considered it a 'have a punt' movie…and as a confirmed Farrel-phobe I wasn't expecting much. Farrel, though, was by far the best character, got all the best lines and made the film – and I NEVER thought I'd say that.

It was described as Father Ted with guns earlier in this post, which I thought was pretty apt.  

The only thing I'd didn't like was the ending. It seemed too neat (ie: what happens to Ralph Fiennes) and betrayed Martin McDonagh's theatre heritage, having to rap everything up perfectly etc…

Would certainly recommend it, and it's rocketted firmly to my number-1-movie-of-the-year-so-far spot – TDK be damed!

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RE: In Bruges - Brilliant - 15/9/2008 9:27:51 AM   
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An offbeat thriller with a vicious streak of black humour, making for a slightly uneven but very entertaining watch. Farrell, Gleeson and Fiennes are all on top form and whilst the comedy and violence don't always sit comfortably together, this is still refreshingly un-PC and well worth catching up with. 8/10

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RE: In Bruges - 15/9/2008 4:10:42 PM   
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In Bruges is in my opinion one of the best films out this year. Its different to other films ive seen recently in that its not afraid to pull any punches in the political correctness area. At all. This is what makes In Bruges such an enjoyable film, as the foul mouthed charaters make the swearing  and violence very funny. Colin Farrell does well as the troubled hitman Ray, as does Brandon Gleesons portrayal of Ken who although he kills people, happens to be a nice guy. My favourite character has got to be Harry, the hitmens boss. The town of Bruges (its in Belgium) also deserves credit as some of the scenery used in the film such as the medieval bildings and all that, look really nice and are a good backdrop for the chaos thats about to ensue.
 
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Overall its a great film that can be enjoyed more than once. Easily.

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RE: In Bruges - 15/9/2008 4:20:04 PM   
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i love this film about 300 times funnier than i expected. "your an inanimate FUCKING object" must be the best insult ever

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RE: In Bruges - 15/9/2008 4:51:02 PM   
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Farrell's performance didn't surprise me one bit. I'd seen all of his films from Ordinary Decent Criminal to Miami Vice and I always thought he was a brilliant actor. Them tabloid years that he indulged in and had his agent cook up did him more harm than good with regard his credibility but hey it got him parts and money!

He was the best thing about Cassandra's Dream and I'm curious to see this new one with Ed Norton.
Also he's just finished 2 films this year - Triage about a troubled war photography and Ondine with Neil Jordan about a fisherman, his daughter and a mermaid ....

He's definately on the right path back to getting some of his street cred back .

Oh and he was hilarious in Bruges, I dont know if any non-Irish actors could have pulled off the lead roles.

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RE: In Bruges - 15/9/2008 5:07:03 PM   
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Farrell's performance didn't surprise me one bit. I'd seen all of his films from Ordinary Decent Criminal to Miami Vice and I always thought he was a brilliant actor. Them tabloid years that he indulged in and had his agent cook up did him more harm than good with regard his credibility but hey it got him parts and money!

He was the best thing about Cassandra's Dream and I'm curious to see this new one with Ed Norton.
Also he's just finished 2 films this year - Triage about a troubled war photography and Ondine with Neil Jordan about a fisherman, his daughter and a mermaid ....

He's definately on the right path back to getting some of his street cred back .

Oh and he was hilarious in Bruges, I dont know if any non-Irish actors could have pulled off the lead roles.


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I knew from the minute the credits rolled after Tigerland he would become a notable star.
I took along a friend of mine to see In Bruges who was completly impartial to my insistance that Colin can act and let me tell you she had to eat humble pie after, much to her shame! 
I loved In Bruges black comedy at it's best and yet a very poignant tale, not a film I recommend to my mum mind


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