Charming, dark and satirical
- In Bruges review by Victoria Sutton
The first comment I must make about this film is how much I enjoyed watching Collin Farrell on the screen. Before now I have had little respect for him as an actor, however in this film Collin Farrell delivers a great performance with excellent comic timing and some serious and dark moments as well.
The plot begins slowly, with two men hiding out in Bruges after a botched job, initially the plot centres around the relationship between the two gangsters Ray (Collin Farrell) and Ken (Brendan Gleeson). The chemistry between the two actors is essential to the plot, and Farrell and Gleeson do not disappoint. Their witty banter is funny and their characters are well developed with meaning and depth, they are not just stereotypical gangsters. The plot takes an interesting turn with the introduction of new characters, of who play an essential part in the climax. It is a perfect blend if dark humour and drama to make a very entertaining and well put together film. Some may comment on the slow pace of it, however, this in my opinion adds to the character of the town of Bruges. It is a bit of a marmite film and if you are after a fast paced Hollywood blockbuster this definitely is not for you, however it kept me laughing whilst on the edge of my seat.
7 out of 7 members found this review helpful.
- In Bruges review by Jawbreaker
In Bruges comes as a real surprise and allows Colin Farrell to show he is actually an actor beyond the poster boy image. Here he plays a rookie hitman, a bumbling idiot that wouldn't look out of place in Father Ted and one that is suffering from a confidence crisis. He is forced to lay low in Bruge with his experienced colleague (played by the excellent Gleeson), while awaiting instructions from their vicious boss, Harry, after a hit goes wrong.
The location may not appeal to the young hitman, but their time on ice provides the opportunity to act as tourists and explore the nightlife the city offers. The past soon catches up with the duo, but at all times they maintain a strong bond. Bruge is well presented, and looks a great place to visit even with the local crime and comical locals. As expected the two killers do not hold back on the dialogue, which accounts for the age rating. I'm never a fan of that C-word which is often used throughout the tale but it didn't interfere with my enjoyment and real surprise of seeing In Bruges. Highly recommended.
5 out of 9 members found this review helpful.
A bit blah
- In Bruges review by Leasa Clarke
I’m not sure if the humour in this film out weighs the slowness of the action. Colin Farrell is disturbingly like 'Dougal' from Father Ted, and the film mostly seems to promote/ or not promote depending on your point of view - Bruges as a City. If this was a TV drama- which doesn’t seem improbable, I think I probably would have turned it off! O.K if you like slow moving
4 out of 5 members found this review helpful.