Wednesday 26th January 2022

In Bruges (18)
Directed by: Martin McDonagh
Reviewed by: Paul Fonz

Maybe it's just me, but it seems like Colin Farrell hasn't been on our screens much lately. However, he's finally shaken off the mantle of faux-American law enforcement agent (S.W.A.T, The Recruit) and gone back to what he's good at: playing an Irish drop-out.

In between takes, Farrell and Gleeson would often resort to their "Alas Smith and Jones" skit
In between takes, Farrell and Gleeson would often resort to their "Alas Smith and Jones" skit

In this film, he plays Ray, a small time criminal who takes his first foray into the hitman business, under the guidance of his old friend Ken (Brendan Gleeson). However, the "hit" doesn't go as smoothly as planned, and soon the orders come through from the boss that they should both hide out for two weeks in Bruges. Which is in Belgium.

As the pair wander around the medieval town, they try to work out if they are in trouble, in danger, or being positioned for their next job. Ray is clearly unhappy to be in Belgium while Ken is soaking up the culture and becoming more and more reflective on the life he's chosen.

I can't give any more of the plot away, because there are actually very few events in this film, and they are all very entertaining and surprising. However, there are long, slow intakes of breath between each one, and the film only just manages to keep your attention between each burst of activity.

Colin Farrell gives a great performance, managing to be very emotional at times and nothing short of hilarious at others. His character is very funny and the script, of course, plays a big part in that too.

The film as a whole has a great fairytale feel to it, from the story to the direction to the cinematography, and for a film that is very funny throughout, it is also quite serious. I'd stop short of calling it thought-provoking, but it will definitely evoke some emotion from the audience. If they picked up the pace a little bit, this film would be an incredibly entertaining experience, but as it is, what it loses in brevity, it gains in quirkiness. If you're into swearing, violence and comedy, but with a serious tinge, then this I well worth checking out.

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Length: 107 minutes
Certificate: 18
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Release Date: 18th April 2008

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