Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

In Bruges (2008)

Directed by Martin McDonagh

Starring Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ciarán Hinds


Things feel a little weird in the beginning, with loosely edited dialogue and light comedy that doesn’t really work. But as the story deepened and the characters developed and the beauty of Bruges slowly revealed itself, it all grew on me. By the end, we have a cleanly told, symbolism-filled story, with characters completing meaningful arcs and all the loose ends neatly tied up. Except, of course, the wonderfully ambiguous ending.

Top-notch acting all around. Farrell pulls off the childish humor and is surprisingly good at playing shy and insecure. Gleeson is great, especially his extended take phone call in the hotel room. Fiennes’ accent is fantastic, an incredibly intense character. Poésy delivers an excellently dark supporting performance.

Lots of unexpected racial humor.

With the limited sets and singular plot, I feel like this would be a good stage play.

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