Martin McDonagh, winner of the 2006 Oscar for Best Short Film, Live Action for his film "Six Shooter" is back with his first written and directed feature film "In Bruges." Strong pervasive language, even more brutal violence, and non-stop racial jokes throughout, "In Bruges," though humorous, might not be a top choice for most moviegoers. A very dark comedy, with powerful performances by all it's actors, the films lack of caring for everyone and everything in it make it rather enjoyable... In a sick and twisted sort of way!
A well kept medieval city in the midst of Belgium called Bruges, is the destination for two hit men Ray (Colin Farrell) and Ken (Brendan Gleeson) to hide and await further instructions after a difficult job. Ray, realizing he has to stay "In Bruges" for two whole weeks with Ken and wait for a phone call from their boss Harry (Ralph Fiennes) slowly starts to lose his mind. Bored to death, and always complaining that he would rather be anywhere in the world but "In Bruges" Ray realizes that there is nothing he can do but attempt to enjoy Bruges for what it is. As Ken does what every tourist would do -sight see- Ray follows along unwillingly, causing a fuss and throwing a temper everywhere they go. Haunted by what happened back in London, Ray leans towards -and jokes- about suicide, while Ken enjoys the beauties that Bruges has to offer. As the days pass, and the phone call has still not been made, both Ray and Ken have to find ways to amuse themselves at night. From Pubs, to locals, to art, to an American dwarf actor shooting a European film, to Dutch prostitutes, to a love interest for Ray, all hell slowly starts to break loose "In Bruges." And all of that is even before Harry's phone call, which ultimately leads Harry to Bruges is search of Ray and Ken. Now, this trip to Bruges, could very well be Ray and Ken's final destination.
So vulgar in so many ways, "In Bruges" is definitely difficult to watch. However, if your stomach can muster all this film has to offer, I recommend it. The finale is intense. The last ten minutes of the movie is vigorous yet heartwarming, in a strange sort of way. The characters reel you in with ease. Before you know it, you are cheering for hit men, murderers, prostitutes, and everyone else that this movie criticizes without thinking twice about it. "In Bruges" was way better that I thought it would be. Very fun to watch, very hard to take your eyes off the screen, -no matter how many times you want to- and almost impossible not to laugh.
Pat the Movie Critic gives "In Bruges" --- 3 Scoops.