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IN BRUGES - 14/10/2008 6:07:17 PM   
El Becks

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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.  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.

Saw this on DVD at the weekend (for some reason never caught it at the cinema though I had it on my list).  Really enjoyed it as per the two reviews above.  I loved Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson's performances; both funny and moving.  An absolute joy to watch.  Highly recommend this film. 

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RE: IN BRUGES - 6/11/2008 4:18:50 PM   

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I really enjoyed this film. It was funny but at times very moving, and the performances were great. It is good to see Colin Farrell back in a film worthy of his talent, rather than rubbish like Alexander.


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In Bruges - 31/12/2008 6:38:54 PM   
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The perfection of this film is only realised as the credits role. The comedy, the action, the drama, the romance and even the emotion is handled so well this film is by far one of the best of 2008. It's so uniquely brilliant, Farrell is superb as is Brendan Gleeson and the film is unmissable. Empire; so close from getting the rating right, yet so far.

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Thats for John Lennon ya cunt. - 14/1/2009 12:31:42 PM   

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The funniest film of the year. Dramatic, tragic and hilarious. Every actor pulls his weight. Besides thae fantastic performances of Gleeson, Farrell and Fiennes the midget, the arms dealer and even the poor canadian guy are all fantastic. Great film. Can't fault it.

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whoa!! - 21/1/2009 8:57:01 PM   


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from beggining to end this film is flawless. its funny, action-packed and surprisingly emotional. The entire cast (including the racist dwarf) are fantastic and without them the film wouldn't be what it is. And that is a masterpiece

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one word - 8/2/2009 1:31:02 AM   

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WOW !!

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one word - 8/2/2009 1:31:03 AM   

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WOW !!

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RE: one word - 8/2/2009 1:33:58 AM   

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WHOA. I don't believe what I'm hearing. Check out the BALLS on this kid. Hey Spider, this is for you.

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RE: Overrated - 10/2/2009 5:33:14 AM   

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Really the only reason why I watched this movie was because Colin Farrell was in it. The city of Bruges is this beautiful yet haunting place of medieval times, with old world canals and architecture. It gives the movie it's uniqueness. I expected more of a thriller with more cat and mouse, then two hitmen wondering around Bruges waiting for the next assignment. I did think the Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson had great performances though. I thought they played well off each other in a kind of weird father, son relationship. Farrell's character at times acts like a frightened, hyperactive child with an itchy trigger finger and flying fists. Gleeson plays his character so calm, you wonder when he's going to take a nap. Both actors balance their characters well against each other. The quirkiness and the dialogue that's refreshingly un pc makes you wonder why you're laughing at such crude stuff. The Irishness of Farrell really is upfront here, and you never want him to shut up (and he doesn't) He makes you laugh your ass off one minute and puts in tears the next. Clemence Posey plays Farrell's drug dealing love interest, but her character is a bit thin, she's just one of the many characters in this movie. The only head scratcher is Ralph Fiennes who shows up too late in the movie to even be in it. He's so over the top that whatever sincerity he delivers it's smashed by what seeps out of his mouth. The music is bit grating, because it's a constant concerto of piano, there's enough symbolism in this film to fill up a book, and the ending seems abrupt (and telegraphed) but other than that it's not a bad ride.


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RE: Overrated - 10/2/2009 12:35:39 PM   

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I wasn't that bothered about this film initially but when I saw it I thought it was brilliant. The comedy is genious and the characters work so well together. It actually makes me want to visit it just for a giggle!! So glad they won an award at the BAFTAs. Absolute genious


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- 21/2/2009 9:58:55 PM   


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Incredibly original, with the best hitmen and tongue-in-cheek screenplay since Pulp Fiction.

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RE: In Bruges - 17/3/2009 12:30:48 AM   
Mr Grady

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Just got round to watching this with the missus and we both really enjoyed it.  Good performances, great/quotable dialogue and well paced.  A film i can see myself going back to.



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

Exactly what i thought, it was uncanny at times.


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RE: - 17/3/2009 1:22:20 PM   

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I liked the First and Second acts more than the Third. I dont know the third act is a bit jarring especially when you know who takes the plunge. I guess it is a credit to the screenplay because I really cared for both main characters and was really expecting a different ending, i wanted a different ending. The jokes were subtle and hilarious. The acting was very good indeed. The directing superb.


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In a Bungle - 9/6/2009 3:55:54 AM   
Emyr Thy King


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I shall be discordant and voice my disappointment with the film. When I originally saw the trailer for the film, I had high hopes. I was intrigued by what seemingly was a funny premise involving two hitmen on/from a bungled kill job that for whatever reason, were residing in the eponymous town. However, the film is a strange mix of black comedy and drama. Whilst the combination of such genres does not equate an immediate failure it does present a far more difficult challenge and one that can fluster and indeed make many film makers fail.

Onto my review. I thought the individual acting was very good. In particular Colin Farrell in the role of 'Ray'. Who truly depicts a man burdened and torn by his accidental slaying of a child. This is clearly a man who isn't cut out to be a hitman and a character who is rather aimless. It's clear that for him, Bruges has become his own purgatory and in actuality it is a place of reckoning for him. He must come to terms with what he has done and what he will do with his future. There is some great material here to explore which could have been done if this was a straight drama film. However, since it is supposed to be primarily a black comedy, it doesn't have room to explore this facet of Ray's troubled mind and so we end with this frequent switch from laughs-a-minute to sullen despairing. Now the polemic. The major downfall in Colin Farrell's performance is the humour (or lack thereof). I read numerous comments over the web which contain numerous platitudes towards Colin Farrell's "comedic" turn. Where such terms as "hilarious" and "revelatory" are bandied around the place. Much has been made of Colin Farrell's supposed untapped comedy potential yet I never found his 'humourous' scenes amusing. There were the odd pieces of dialogue which may have earned a chortle or two but on the whole I just sat glum and unimpressed. I would say the comedy was no better than the sub-par fare that may pass for regular television sitcoms. There was nothing significant at work in the film other than his strange fascination with midgets, the Vietnamese,anti-Americanism and delivering dialogue over laded with profanity (which is usually a sign of a dictionless mind).

Brendan Gleeson plays the role of Ken and is supposed to be a father figure to Ray. A sage of sorts who counsels and admonishes Ray in equal measure. His character is a veteran hitman and so becomes rather weary with his profession. It seems he rekindles a sense of wonder when he arrives in Bruge. Taking in all the tourist traps and becoming enamoured with the city. As one would expect from a performance by Brendan Gleeson, his acting in parts is subtle and sincere (nuanced would be too strong a term). I would say he handles the comedic elements far more effectively than Colin Farrell but again the humour is hampered by the script and if all he's given to work is endless expletives then every thing is stacked up against him. There are nice moments when Ken shows concern for Ray and makes a grand and noble gesture to sacrifice his own life, rather than Ray's. Though all that work is lost through the farcical lives of Ken and Ray as they exchange banal and inane drivel.

The character of Harry played by Ralph Fiennes was for me the funniest despite being the one who threw expletives around left, right and centre. I've read that he is similar to the Don Logan character played by [Sir] Ben Kingsley in Sexy Beast. Ralph Fiennes makes the voice of Harry quite funny and he depicts his highly-strung nature rather well. I feel he has the best line in the film when he remarks to Yuri: "An Uzi? I'm not from South Central Los Angeles. I didn't come here to shoot twenty black ten year olds in a drive-by. I want a normal gun for a normal person.". Perhaps a little crass given families of such ten-year olds wouldn't find it amusing but it makes a irreverent statement on America's affinity for high-powered guns. It's never explained why he strongly believes that if some one shoots a child (accidental or intentional) that they should immediately shoot themselves. Perhaps, due to he himself having three children although it doesn't make sense.

I quite liked the character of Chloë Valette played by Clémence Poésy. The actress is a very beautiful woman and her character does have a strange charm. Even though she seems attracted to Ray's thuggish persona.

The film striked me as a hate-list of the people that had offended the writer and director Martin McDonagh. Whether it be black people, homosexuals, Americans, dwarves/midgets (former partner run off with a garden gnome?) and even Belgians. Whilst I would think he's merely attempting to be irreverent for the sake of cheap laughs or shocking some people. The number of things this man attacks must mean he has a deep psychosis at play. Two characters (Ken and Harry) are enamoured with Bruge; Harry who's loved the city since he was seven-years old and Ken who falls in love with city. This creates a nice juxtaposition with Ray who hates Bruge and yet falls in love with some one in the city. The cinematographer does a nice job of capturing the beauty of Bruges, the cobblestone paving, the medieval buildings lit at night, the rolling mist and the centric tower. Yet I was in two minds as to whether Martin McDonagh loathed/loved the place. I suspect he speaks through Harry when he says : "the only bad thing about Bruge is it's in Belgium" (or some thing similar). Even the gauche Ray takes a swipe when he says: "why did the Belgians invent chocolate? So they could get to the kiddies". The score for the film was completely wrong. There were moments as if the music was ripped straight out of an episode of Miss Marple. The two scenes which illustrate this is when Ken is speak to Harry on the phone about killing Ray and when Ken approaches Ray from behind, ready to shoot him. This needless prompting by the music arises when some thing dire is afoot, to compound the problem the music is overbearing in those scenes. I also didn't understand the point of including the pregnant hotel owner. Furthermore, the plot becomes contrived when in the very final scene. Ray physically renacts the tragedy that rendered him a blubbering mess. Although Harry ends up dead having committed a gaffe. With Ray bloodied and teetering on the brink of death, contemplating what may possibly be his final moments. The film ends abruptly and one that is supposed to make us excitedly discuss what happens to Ray. Unfortunately, I'll know that the DVD will not see the light of day again. Very disappointed.

Finally, I would like to make some comments on the empire review by Damian Wise. On the whole, it is a decent review. At least he acknowledges that the film will not sweeten every one's pallet and indeed there are some uncomfortable moments. Punctuated with a allegorical jumbled palisade upon which I'm sure many would wish Martin McDonagh to fall. The base humour will either satiate or repulse the viewer (depending on their disposition and taste). Furthermore, Damian Wise makes some interesting points with regards to how it is evident that Martin McDonagh is from a theatre background and the film having more in common with a Mike Leigh product than it would with a Guy Ritchie picture (despite the aesthetic). Yet there are some moments which necessitated a second read.

Mr. Wise also states: Though it speaks of contract-killing and cocaine-dealing, scoring and whoring, this surprisingly thoughtful film leaves plenty of ideas to be mulled over later, particularly those involving notions of audience identification

Where he further states :-

In Bruges begins its frantic final act, which is where some of its artfully packed contents start to spill out, and the simple pleasures of its character studies give way to overexcited intrigue, tragedy and an inevitable climactic shoot-out. Still, this is a minor gripe about a film which takes a genre that shouldn't be allowed any more, never mind encouraged, and fashions something provocative and original in its thinking.

I would like to know at which point does the film become "surprisingly thoughtful" with "plenty of ideas to be mulled over later"?

I would be interested to know how the "artfully packed contens start to spill out" in the film? I distinctly do not remember the film crafting "some thing provactive and original in its thinking".

Afterwards, Damian Wise states :- ....100 minutes of swearing, violence and profane epistemology.

*Pedant alert*

Epistemology [i-pis-tuh-mol-uh-jee]
a branch of philosophy that investigates the origin, nature, methods, and limits of human knowledge.

Another point :-

Despite some deliberate nods to medieval theosophy

Theosophy  [thee-os-uh-fee]
1.     any of various forms of philosophical or religious thought based on a mystical insight into the divine nature.
2.     (often initial capital letters) the system of belief and practice of the Theosophical Society.

I couldn't quite fathom where these two subjects came into play but I thank Mr. Wise for introducing me to two interesting words nonetheless!

To top off his review Mr. Wise states: It may not be new, but it's a wonderfully fresh take on a familiar genre: fucked-up, far-out and very, very funny. Whilst profanity does not offend me it does render what one has to say obtuse (indeed one upon which the film overly relies). May I suggest, for Mr. Wise to acquire a dictionary and a thesaurus so that his prose "fashions something provocative and original in its thinking."

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RE: In a Bungle - 9/6/2009 9:09:55 PM   


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I shall be discordant and voice my disappointment with the film. When I originally saw the trailer for the film, I had high hopes.

Funny, for most it's the other way round - the trailer looked God-awful but the film turned out to be a gem.

Anyway, I liked it enough but it definitely helped having a few buddies in the cinema who were in the mood to laugh after a few pints.

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RE: In a Bungle - 10/6/2009 2:15:14 AM   
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Funny, for most it's the other way round - the trailer looked God-awful but the film turned out to be a gem.

Anyway, I liked it enough but it definitely helped having a few buddies in the cinema who were in the mood to laugh after a few pints.

I usually swim upstream, not intentionally of course.

Some times, being around certain people who enjoy the film can make one more appreciative of a film. Or certainly relax when the audience laughs or reacts otherwise to a scene.

I've watched the film twice and the second viewing merely reinforced the thoughts I had on my first viewing. The film's simply a case of identifying who are the obvious 'minorities' to target and simply derides them to the extreme. The humour comes off as mean-spirited rather than one in jest. Perhaps, he should avoid using toilet humour found in pubs or a BNP function and dig deeper.

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- 29/10/2009 7:55:58 PM   

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This film was a bit overhyped for me and I felt that it didn't live up to the expectation that I hoped for. Having said that it was pretty good. Very funny in places. I'd recommend it.

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Weird - but still very good - comedy - 7/4/2010 5:01:09 PM   


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This film is quite similar to Burn After Reading, in the sense that it's humour is not for everyone and needs to be understood to be appreciated. Therefore, make sure you are familiar with similar films before deciding to give this a go.
In its defence, Farrell, Gleeson and Fiennes all turn in delighful performances which truly make In Bruges an enjoyable experience. Some jokes found within the film are surprisingly hilarious, making it at least more passable for newcomers to this type of film.

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Funny, Poignant And Memorable - 21/9/2010 5:49:33 PM   

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It's rare that a film can come along and affect you in a way that makes you laugh and makes you really connect with the struggles of the lead characters. This is exactly what In Bruges does, and it does it with such an unpretentious and dramatic flair that it is one of the best films of the year.

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- 13/3/2011 9:35:16 PM   


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I thought it was a rare instance where a movie is extremely funny and yet really makes you think. The first two acts perfectly set up the climatic third act. In the first two acts you really connect with each character and see why everyone thinks the way they do and you agree with everyone to a certain extent. Colin Farell is perfect in his role as the man child Ray, his tempo, comedic timing and childishness never overshadow his true feelings and he brings alot of heart into it. Brendan Gleeson is mesmerizing as he plays an old hitman facing a very hard decision and you really see him go back and forth. And of course Ralph Fiennes almost steals the show as the foul mouthed, cold but with a human side mob boss. The bit parts are even cast well, from the dwarf Jimmy, to the hotel owner Marie, to the arms dealer Yuri, they each play their parts believably and at the same time hilariously. However the star here is the screenplay that effortlessly balances some of the juvenile humour and the hard hitting questions the movie arises. One of my favorite movies of the year.

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very poor film - 9/5/2011 11:08:31 AM   


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awful script. unearned emotional payoff at the end. and fiennes was embarrasingly bad as a limp-voiced "cockney" - about as threatening as david beckham. and why are there only 6 people in belgium, all of whom seem to know each other?

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Brilliant Bruges - 23/2/2012 10:40:32 PM   

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A work of genius. Witty, funny, touching. Amazing dialogue. Where was the Oscar love?

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Brilliant Bruges - 23/2/2012 10:40:40 PM   

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A work of genius. Witty, funny, touching. Amazing dialogue. Where was the Oscar love?

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Brilliant Bruges - 23/2/2012 10:40:42 PM   

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A work of genius. Witty, funny, touching. Amazing dialogue. Where was the Oscar love?

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In Bruges - 21/1/2015 10:12:30 AM   


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Great film, great acting. An unusual yet engaging script adds depth to the characters, not to mention it's damn-right hilarious. For those with a sick sense of humour, this is a winner.

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In Bruges - 21/1/2015 10:12:43 AM   


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Great film, great acting. An unusual yet engaging script adds depth to the characters, not to mention it's damn-right hilarious. For those with a sick sense of humour, this is a winner.

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