Monday, February 18, 2008
NOW I WANT TO VISIT BELGIUM
IN BRUGES, the new Colin Farrell/Brendan Gleeson hitman film from playwright Martin McDonagh (THE PILLOWMAN), is a nasty piece of entertainment that dips its hands in black comedy, dark drama, and bloody shoot-outs. Farrell has probably never been better than he is here, and Gleeson, as always, is a joy to watch. Ralph Fiennes shows up in the final act and steals every scene and the surreal, bloody finale really seals the deal. The trailers for this film have been grossly misleading; they've only focused on the last 20 minutes or so (the parts with guns going off). IN BRUGES is more of a serious character study spiked with moments of bizarre, black humor than a non-stop action flick. My full review will be up soon, but if you find yourself in the position to catch IN BRUGES in the theater, definitely do so...it's terrific.