Tuesday, May 6, 2008

In Bruges

In Bruges is wonderful. The acting is amazing, all around, and the story is great. I loved how minor details, things you thought were simple distractions, all came together to play a major part. This is a film for adults, because of the violence, language, and pervasive themes, and thankfully no children were in the audience this time.

The movie revolves around some hired killers, played by Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, hiding out in Bruges, Belgium. They have some, shall we say, personal problems, and the film heads inexorably toward a climactic resolution. They meet some interesting characters, and sightsee. The film is alternately amusing and serious, with excellent timing, fine cinematography, and a tight, lovely script.

Brendan Gleeson in particular does a fine job in the film. He plays 'Mad-eye Mooney' in the Harry Potter movies, and it was nice to see him in this deep role. The only fault I could find was the strong accents. This is a movie in English that would benefit from English subtitles. Otherwise, it's an excellent, highly recommended psycho-drama. A note about the films official website: very little content, and a loud, autoplay trailer on the front page. I linked to the synopsis to avoid that, but still - bad website.

Double shot.

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