I really don't like Colin Farrell that much. He annoys me and I can't think of one movie I've seen him in where he made the film more watchable. He was crap as Bullseye in DAREDEVIL, He was crap as Sonny Crockett in MIAMI VICE, and don't even get me started on ALEXANDER. After saying this, I gotta admit he really impressed me in this film.
IN BRUGES is a comedy about two hitmen having to take a 'vacation' after a hit goes bad. Through flashbacks, we find out that Ray, on his first kill, accidently kills a little kid. He and his 'partner' are sent to Bruges, Belgium untill it's safe to go back to Ireland... or Scotland, or wherever it was, I don't think they ever actually say come to think of it... anyways, they are told to stay in this quiet, picturesque tourist town untill further notice. Ray hates it there while his buddy loves the scenery. Chaos ensues including fun with a racist midget and a hot drug dealer/mugger and her ex-boyfriend.
I'm gonna give away something here... everyone dies. Almost all the main characters get killed off by the end of the film, and while you may have started to like some of them, keep in mind they are all rotton bastards. Hired killers, drug dealers, crazy fucking people, but damnit if you don't end up feeling sorry for them.
As stated above, Farrell was really good in this, but Ralph Fiennes steals each scene he's in and Zeljko Ivanek has a really funny scene as well.
Going into this film, I guess I was expecting something like a Guy Richie film, but this was actually better then most of his stuff. The story was easier to follow and the voices were a hell of a lot easier to understand.
IN BRUGES has been out for about three weeks, but I think it's mostly playing the art house circuit so it might not have come out in your area yet, but when you get the chance, defineatly go see this, it was really good.
Rating: A - I'm gonna call this the second best film I've seen this year... after THERE WILL BE BLOOD, obviously.
(edited by Cerebus on 29.2.08 2300) Forget it Josh... it's Cerebustown.
That Jerry guy does the best moping/"why pick on me" face, so I laugh a lot when they bag on him. I did like the stand-alone episodes that didn't involve the pit, but I also dig that they moved the main story ahead.