Saturday, August 21, 2010

In Bruges (2008) movie

In Bruges (2008)

Director: Martin McDonagh
Writer: Martin McDonagh
Based on book: Martin McDonagh
Rating: 5

Ray played by Colin Farrell
Ken played by Brendan Gleeson
Harry played by Ralph Fiennes

Tagline: Shoot first. Sightsee later.

Description from the amazon:
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!

Amusing quote:
Ken: Coming up?
Ray: What's up there?
Ken: The view.
Ray: The view of what? The view of down here? I can see that down here.
Ken: Ray, you are about the worst tourist in the whole world.
Ray: Ken, I grew up in Dublin. I love Dublin. If I grew up on a farm, and was retarded, Bruges might impress me but I didn't, so it doesn't.
- imdb

Note: Rated R for strong bloody violence, pervasive language and some drug use.

My two bits:
In a way this film is a travelogue. I fell in love with the various sights and ambiance of Bruges while watching this film. I was so affected by the fairy tale-ish quality of the film that I was inspired to create a fairy tale week with a Bruges theme.

The story itself is a dark comedy with lots of f-bombs. It and its derivatives are exclaimed 126 times. However, this juxtaposed alongside the charming Bruges creates a surreal setting which is best portrayed in the final scenes.

In Bruges: A Screenplay
by Martin McDonagh

Description from the amazon:
This jet-black comedy marks the feature-film debut of writer/director Martin McDonagh, award-winning author of such plays as The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Lieutenant of Inishmore and The Pillowman, and the film Six Shooter, which won the Academy Award for the Best Live-Action Short Film.

You can also read the script-dialogue transcript here.

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