In Bruges

Year Released: 2008
Main Stars:  Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ciarán HindsRalph Fiennes
Last watched: April 2015
Review Date: June 2015
Number Watches: 2
Format Watched: DVD

“My arse let’s go. They’re filming midgets.”

Alright, it’s not going to be to everyone’s taste. It’s definitely a non-Hollywood effort. Violent in places, swearing throughout and a lot slower than gangster / hitmen movies usually are. However, it you like odd, real people in a strange but ordinary world, you will like this movie.

Colin is good here, it’s really his kind of thing and the rapport between himself and Brendan is gloriously quick-witted. When Ralph gets in on the act there’s a different dynamic to the wonderful honest banter although splattered with a criminal elocution that is hopefully not your ordinary conversation with the boss. Plot and direction are quite fast and I noticed that some nuances of both need to be taken in on a subsequent viewing. I certainly liked it better the second time around, especially the humour, although I’d waited about three years to get back so maybe I’d just forgotten stuff.

Bruges is nice to look at in a medieval-old-town way and I have to admit that I didn’t know about the place before In Bruges. I then managed to visit during another holiday trip and it’s the same as you see in the movie; lots of oldness and misty water but also a backwater, quiet-holiday feel to which most Europeans will certainly relate. Also bars with copious types of beer to choose from. I liked Troll and Qwak.

For me this rates in the middle of my collection. One that won’t be chucked but also doesn’t get a ‘classic’ rating although maybe hinting at ‘cult.’ Well worth a go but definitely not one for the kids.

Extras: Really good. Shows how much the crew liked making the film. Lots of honest chat with the cast, missing scenes that reveal hidden story lines and even a collage of swearing! Seriously, these are very pleasing and extensive extras. The kind that make you consider the film a lot more than when you watched it.

Keep DVD?

Watch if on TV?
Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Marry? Difficult to marry any film but I’d put it on my list of first-stop mistresses. Big Snog.


About Simon Trail

I'm just another film watcher with an opinion.
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