12 Days of Christmas: In Bruges

It's Christmas time in Bruges, Belgium and two hitmen, Ray (Colin Farrell) and Ken (Brendan Gleeson), are on a forced sabbatical. They are lying low until they hear from their boss Harry (Ralph Fiennes). You see Ray has royally screwed up a hit and Harry isn't happy with him at all.

Marie: [to Ray and Harry] "Why don't you both put your guns down, and go home?"
Harry: "Don't be stupid. This is the shootout. "

This is a very black comedy with some brilliant moments of drama and some brutal action thrown in for good measure. The movie is written and directed by first time filmmaker Martin McDonagh. The basic plot is one Hollywood's good old hitman screwed up and killed someone he shouldn't have plot but McDonagh and company make the movie into something so much more than that.

Both Gleeson and Fiennes are excellent in their roles. I'm not usually a fan of Colin Farrell but he is perfect as Ray, an arrogant screw up who really isn't as bad as he lets on but the things that come out of his mouth just make you shake your head and laugh.

"I don't hit women. I would never hit a woman, Chloe. I'd hit a woman who was trying to hit me with a bottle. That's different. That's self-defense, isn't it? Or a woman who could do karate. I would never hit a woman generally, Chloe."

To describe anymore of the story would be to deprive people the pleasure of discovering the film. It's also one of those movies that Hollywood has no idea on how to advertise it. The trailer for it is terrible and really doesn't accurately advertise what the film is about at all. It's better to just watch the movie.

1 comment:

observer said...

i think i'll eventually see this film because i'm a major brendan gleeson fan. i won't hurry though ... from the trailer, i can already tell ralph fiennes sounds like a crumby version of a london accent. (a saving grace is that ray winstone wasn't cast as he's been done to death in these type of films) also, farrell seems to be playing the same type of character will be playing he played in Intermission.

thanks for your series on films i really enjoy them