In Bruges

11 Oct

For me, writer/director Martin McDonagh’s ‘In Bruges’ was the most underrated film of 2008. He creates a rich and textured script with memorable characters. Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson play Ray and Ken, Irish hit men who are ordered by their boss to lay low in Bruges, Belgium due to a hit gone wrong. While in Bruges, Ken takes a liking to the city, while Ray finds it repulsive. The stark contrast of beauty and ugliness is what appealed to me.

The film has a perfect blend of drama and dark comedy. Farrell and Gleeson’s chemistry are in sync. I can’t say enough about McDonagh’s script because it truly is a breath of fresh air. The characters could have fallen into your typical hit men but he creates sympathetic characters with great depth. I admit the film is vulgar and has a dark theme, but its a unique visual experience that won’t be soon forgotten.

WORD COUNT: 154

Adam’s Grade: A-

Chuck’s Grade: N/A

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