It's got a bit of a Tarantino feel, but more comical. Entertaining it sure was with funny dialogues and some nice action at the end, but story-wise it's not so much really.. Halfway one of my friends said: "this film is about nothing really!", which was pretty much my feeling as well.
A very quick witted, but very dark film. The laughs are fast in coming, but so are the serious and sad moments. Great performances by all, the Farrell appears to be playing Dougal from Father Dead a lot of the time. First time I've liked Fiennes in ages though. Well worth a look
In Bruges is not an "art" film, but it is artful, and a cut above most other new thrillers. The script is so literate, twisty and crafty that I began to think that it probably is an adaptation of a play on Broadway. The director and screenwriter is Martin McDonagh, Tony nominee for "Best Play" four times, winner of the Critic's Circle Theatre Award for "Most Promising Playwright". In Bruges is his first feature-length film.
Did not expect to like this film but great writing and acting saved it for me! Just a fantastic story based film, without any bells and whistles, nice to see something like this when so many films rely on CGI nowadays.
Despite being billed as a comedy, this movie is also surprisingly serious. There are moments of absurb humor mixed in with soul searching type scenes; the characters in a stunningly depressing fashion realize the pointlessness of their violent profession. What's equally awesome is that the movie also manages to deal with heaven and hell and loyalty and honor, all with noticable skill. The cast also all deliver good performances, especially Farrell, who someday will get noticed by the Acadamy.
A dark, endlessly surprising comedy about two hit-men sent to Belgium for two weeks after a hit goes wrong. In Bruges features a plot that can't be predicted, but only relished. Very rarely does such a film appear that seems to happen as it goes along, driven by the peculiarities of the characters. Every element of the plot, including the ending, is determined by the ethical choices of the characters, and not simple plot requirements. Just watch it, already.
This movie proves that you don't need a convoluted storyline or a surprise twist to be considered genius. The acting, especially from collin farrel is amazingly well done (with all of his twitching, and erratic movements, he really plays into his role of a fidgety stressed out guy). The Simplicity of the story and how well it was executed makes this one of the best movies i've seen in a while. I will be keeping an eye on this director, and so should you be.