In Bruges: The title might keep people away, because like myself they probably have no idea what it is or means. Bruges is a town in Belgium near the border of France and is the setting for the film. Colin Farrell plays a hit man who, with his partner is ordered to hide out “In Bruges” for 2 weeks or until things settle down in London, the city where their last “hit” went awry. Now in order to make the movie entertaining you have to fill the town of Bruges with a cast of unique characters for the hit men to get tangled up with. The film does a good job of this, from an attractive street thief to a midget who is there shooting a film. The movie is much funnier than one would expect. I would say the humor is similar to that used in (giving one of my parents away) Get Shorty, but only better. Being in Bruges actually becomes a running joke throughout the film and is played up perfectly. Where I felt the film came up short was the unraveling plot. After a strong set-up, the story seemed to get away from the director – with the final chapter seeming pieced together just to get to some kind of resolve. Colin Farrell, while very funny, did not sell me on the dramatic aspects of his role. Ralph Fiennes shows up three-quarters of the way through and absolutely shines in his small role. Overall, the good does outweigh the bad enough for me to recommend. This is not a movie to rush out and see, but you will be pleasantly surprised if you happen across it.
Ry's Rating: C +
Extra Insight from Jen: I on the other hand really liked Colin Farrell "In Bruges" (pronounced broozh). I am not a Farrell fan, but I felt he was very funny in the childish aspect of his role and surprisingly believable during his more dramatic moments on screen.
If This movie had parents they would be: Get Shorty & Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels
With a runtime of 107 minutes
This film is rated R