In Bruges [Blu-ray]
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Colin Farrell and Academy Award® nominee Ralph Fiennes star in this edgy, action-packed comedy filled with thrilling chases, spectacular shoot-outs and an explosive ending you won’t want to miss! Hit men Ray (Farrell) and Ken (Brendan Gleeson, Harry Potter) have been ordered to cool their heels in the storybook city of Bruges (it’s in Belgium) after finishing a big job. But since hit men make the worst tourists, they soon find themselves in a life-and-death struggle of comic proportions against one very angry crime boss (Fiennes)! Get ready for the outrageous and unpredictable fun you will have In Bruges, the movie critics are calling “wildly entertaining” (Stephen Rebello, Playboy).
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'If I'd grown up on a farm, and was retarded, Bruges might impress me. But I didn't, so it doesn't" says Ray (Farrell) to his fellow hit man, Ken (burly Brendan Gleeson): both sent to Bruges, Belgium to cool off after a bloody hit that unfortunately went woefully wrong.
This is McDonagh's first film as Director/Writer and it is evident that he has a great eye for detail both in the sparkling, smart-*ss dialogue as well as with the stunning visual vocabulary of movies. Bruges is a beautiful city: ancient, redolent of the many lives lived there with its cobblestone streets, masonry buildings and outdoor plazas. As such, staid, old lady of Belgium Bruges stands in vivid contrast to the Irish duo of middle-aged, seen-it-all, supposedly Gay, interested in the sights and history of the city Ken and the emotionally over-wrought, painfully sensitive Ray: nervous, anxious, wanting to party, sporadically breaking out in sobs...literally an open emotional wound desperate for succor, blatantly remorseful, seeking redemption in all the wrong places.
"In Bruges" roils over with goofy, silly dialogue (mostly spoken by Farrell who proves very adept at delivering it in droll, wry, ironic style) and profanity, violent bursts of gunfire, and jokes at the expense of dwarfs and Americans. Screenwriter McDonagh steers his odd couple Irishmen through a series of strange/odd situations in which questions of honor, friendship and mortality are mulled. The older Gleeson also proves to be the grounded one: good at what he does (that is kill people) and able, by his very presence to calm Ray down.
Ralph Fiennes is also on hand here and plays Ray and Ken's boss, a mean-spirited bloke who talks in Michael Caine-Cockney cadences and arrives in Bruges to make sure that a hit, assigned to Ken is carried out without fail.
"In Bruges" shares many of the surface traits of such films as Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" but, though great as "Pulp Fiction" is, it doesn't have the heart and soul of Mc Donagh's "In Bruges": a film that satisfies the thriller/action genes of us all but also digs very deep below and reveals the true natures of its very conflicted, ultimately very human characters.
Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell make a perfect pair as hitmen in this crime caper about a hit gone horribly wrong. Ralph Fiennes is splendid as their gangster boss who banishes the guilt-ridden Farrell and his partner Gleeson to Bruges to await further instructions as a solution for the mess is sorted. Gleeson finds the city charming and makes an effort to make the most of the situation by sight seeing whilst Farrell is bored and irritable, until he lays eyes on a girl.
I won't reveal any more of the plot because it is at times tragic, touching, and funny with plenty of twists and turns along the way. Most of the cast has names and faces one won't recognize, but each performance is stellar. And Bruges Belgium makes a beautiful backdrop for this entertaining film that might find you rooting for bad guys who perhaps are not so bad after all.
If you're looking to buy it, chances are you've seen it. If you haven't, the tagline "Shoot first, sightsee later" is completely inaccurate. It's literally the other way around, being a dark comedy with very little shooting at all, mostly near the end besides a flashback. Ralph Fiennes' character doesn't show up until the last quarter of the film, and most of it takes place at night. Basically, the cover COMPLETELY contradicts the entire film. Don't judge a movie by its cover art.
That being said, it's an artfully-done dark comedy centering on two Irish hitmen who screwed up a job and are hiding in Bruges, Belgium until their boss Harry Waters (Ralph Fiennes of Schindler's List and Harry Potter fame) calls. While Ken (Brendan Gleeson; Edge of Tomorrow, Harry Potter) loves the well-preserved medieval village, Ray (Colin Farrell; Miami Vice, Total Recall remake) hates it, until he meets a beautiful girl who isn't quite what she seems and a dwarf actor he continually insults. The plot twists and turns and you'll find yourself laughing hysterically, hating yourself for finding insensitive jokes funny, and crying within the span of a few minutes, while marvelling at the photography.
This review is for the Blu-RAY (See what I did there? Ray? Get it? Like the charac- never mind). I put the film into my Xbox One, which was connected to the internet. It had to download several online features, WITHOUT prompting me, and took several minutes before I could start up the film. A minor annoyance I was willing to put up with to watch my favorite film in high definition. It's almost TOO high. In darker scenes, I could easily see individual silver hallide crystals from the film it was shot on, which happens very often, especially in films shot primarily in the dark. This didn't bother me, and even made the movie a more authentic experience. What DID bother me was the opening shots. As they were slowed down, the film grain became more noticeable, as each frame was up for about three times longer than shots with movement. I can't quite explain this effectively. I don't have a good audio setup, but I definitely didn't notice a BAD difference between my DVD and Blu-ray. If there is one, I'm not qualified enough to review it.
As expected, the film looked great in high-definition, and was well worth re-buying. Unlike Bruges, this disc is NOT a $h!thole.
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