523. In Bruges

Background info

523-in-brugesTitle: In Bruges
Director: Martin McDonagh
Year: 2008
Run time: 1hr 47m

“Colin Farrell and Academy Award-nominee Ralph Fiennes star in this edge, action-packed comedy, filled with thrilling chases, spectacular shoot-outs and an explosive ending you won’t want to miss! Hit men Ray and Ken 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 & death struggle of comic proportions against one very angry crime boss!”

Live blog

1:16 – “Instructions to come trew…” Love Irish.
3:56 – The reluctant tourist is amusing. “Going about, looking at stuff.”
5:24 – Can understand him liking Dublin, of course.
11:20 – The old buildings do look much better lit up at night.
11:49 – “I used to hate history, it’s just a bunch of stuff that’s already happened.”
16:27 – Understand she’s annoyed but not sure you should write extra bits on other people’s phone messages.
20:42 – I think it’s almost impossible to find a more inappropriate metaphor.
23:07 – The way these two niggle over culture is so familiar.
30:19 – Really clever how it is funny and sad at the same time.
35:33 – Narrating his own fight scene is fun.
39:29 – Medieval bowling alley.
45:39 – If he knew it, he should trust his instinct. Movies tell us instincts mean a lot in his line of work.
57:06 – You go for a gun acquisition and end up in a discussion about alcoves.
1:03:33 – Bruges versus the Bahamas.
1:07:33 – Can only ever see Voldemort in him now. Terrifying.
1:13:22 – The chances of them running into each other like that seem remote, but we’ll go with it.
1:20:26 – I wouldn’t really want to climb all the way up there just to be shot.
1:27:44 – They’ve made a heck of a mess of that bell tower.
1:34:39 – Marie is all kinds of awesome.
1:41:38 – Ack, cliffhanger!

Conclusions

I have overlooked this film so many times, mostly due to the really unappealing cover. But it appeared for free on Netflix, and when we couldn’t decide what we were in the mood for, we went for something a little bit unknown.

It’s an odd one, getting off to a really slow start. For about twenty minutes, it really is just two Irish chaps wandering around Bruges and bickering. Yet it’s intensely captivating, and gradually as you find out more and more about why they’re there and what they have to do next, you get sucked right in. It was a little bit gory in places, but somehow not hugely violent. A bit sweary, but not over the top.

It felt really different, a breath of fresh air in the action-comedy genre.

Rating: 4/5.

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