Martin McDonagh’s In Bruges is a brilliantly constructed and incredibly fun film. At times it is thrilling, at times dramatic, but overall this is superb comedy.
The film stars Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes in fantastic and brilliantly acted roles. Finally a film has come along where we can see the true acting capacity of Farrell – maybe because he’s finally played Irish rather than American. In any case, we have been won over.
Director Martin McDonagh is considered one of the most important living Irish playwrights. He won an Oscar in 2006 for his short film, Six Shooter, also starring Gleeson. With his feature debut, In Bruges, McDonagh has made a highly impressive film.
The term hilarious is stamped on the fronts of thousands of theatrical posters and DVD covers; seldom is the statement anything more than a gross exaggeration. But in this case, it ain’t no lie.
Wonderful Cinema strongly recommends you do not ruin the impact the director meticulously planned for you by watching trailers or reading spoilers. For those of you who cannot resist:
Title: In Bruges
Director: Martin McDonagh
Year, Country, Language: 2008, Britain, English
Stars: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes (click here for full cast)
Screenplay: Martin McDonagh
Cinematography: Eigil Bryld
Editing: Jon Gregory
Score: Carter Burwell