I discovered In Bruges from some random blog about underrated movies from the last decade. There was a comparison to Pulp Fiction, and I figured it was worth a shot.
My notes are a scattered nightmare on this one - kind of like my love of Colin Farrell. Nothing about the way his character (Ray) talks or walks struck a believable cord with me. I thought his performance was lackluster. I can't think of a single movie he's done where I think, "That was a job well done Mr. Farrell." Maybe it's his general lack of emotion, especially in this role. Meanwhile, I'm developing a man-crush on Brendan Gleeson. He nails the resolve and attitude of the elder hitman, Ken. How fun that Ralph Fiennes of Harry Potter Voldemort fame plays a character named Harry. Whoever wrote "In Bruges" must not be a Harry Potter fan, or there is deeper meaning that you all will sort out. I'm not sure if Chloe or Jimmy as supporting actors helped or hurt the movie - and that may be the point of their characters. I guess I'd rather have more time been spent making Ray more emotional or just listening to Ken.
On to my notes. That fileted skin painting was possibly the most disturbing part of the movie. That looked like it had to hurt. Ray and Ken have a brief discussion of the existence of God that I thought was superb - I wish it had gone on longer or been carried throughout as a theme in the movie.
A couple of laughs and strong points in the movie - shooting the thief with a blank in the eye was well done, not sure I've seen that in a movie. The hit/miss ratio of gunshots and survivability seemed right on as well. The old "you're an inanimate f*6%ng object" line got a chuckle as well as some line about "c#^t kids." The suicide in the park scene had awfully convenient timing, but I thought it was a great path for the movie.
The soundtrack was nonexistent for me until the Irish folk music played while Ken is climbing the tower - then the music made me excited and sad to see what would happen. I thought Ken get up there and pull off some miraculous gun shot to save the day (as foreshadowed earlier) or miss and everything would go to hell, but nope - he jumped. The sound of Ken hitting the ground was nauseating to say the least.
I'm not sure if I liked the movie as much as my review or I was just happy to have a Tumble Inn IPA and watch a movie after a long week at work. I'm stuck around B-/B.
Anyone else keep saying "In Bru-jess" despite hearing "Brouge" repeatedly?
Initial review by Bryan