Wednesday, November 26, 2008

In Bruges


The first feature from playwright Martin McDonagh concerns two hitmen (Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell) awaiting instructions in the Belgian city after carrying out a job. Like all the McDonagh I've encountered it's profane, violent, and funny and given some roots by Farrell's performance as a man dealing with the unintended consequences of his job. Gleeson, a supporting player I've always liked, is equally good as a rumpled killer who sees something of himself in Farrell's character. The city of Bruges itself is a character; filled with medieval buildings it gives the film a staginess which reduces its scope. In Bruges ends up being about little more than the decision to become a hitman and the consequences that choice entails. By the time Ralph Fiennes shows up as the boss with a score to settle, all the deadpan wit in the world can't hide where the movie is going. Still, Farrell's performance makes this worth a look.

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