Wednesday, December 09, 2015

In Bruges

In Bruges (2008) is either the saddest comedy or the funniest tragedy I've ever seen, but I'm going with tragedy. Wikipedia describes it as a neo-noir black comedy crime film. It stars Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, and Ralph Fiennes

Words really fail me in expressing how I feel after having seen this film. And it happens at Christmas-time. I definitely recommend it, and I'll be seeing this one again.


DVD Talk concludes,
In Bruges gets better with repeated viewings. This character-driven gangster flick wrings humor and pathos from situations that would have been formulaic in less-competent hands. As it is, writer-director Martin McDonaugh -with the help of some exceptional actors- has fashioned a knockout of a movie.

Roger Ebert gives it 4 out of 4 stars and says,
... it is not only ingenious but almost inevitable the way the screenplay brings all of these destinies together at one place and time. Along the way, there are times of great sadness and poignancy, times of abandon, times of goofiness, and that kind of humor that is really funny because it grows out of character and close observation.
Rolling Stone calls it "literate, lively cinema". Rotten Tomatoes has a critics rating of 84%.


  1. Well this looks smashing! A gangster comedy in THAT setting?! With those actors (just too bad CiarĂ¡n Hinds seem to get bumped off early in this film) - I have had a very soft spot for Ralph Fiennes ever since "Strange Days". I think this is just up the husband´s alley, too. Thanks for the tip! :-)

    1. I hope you like it. My younger son recommended it to me; he's seen it several times and says it gets better every time.

    2. I found it on dvd at British amazon for half the prize of renting it here! I´ll give it to the husband for Christmas... ;-)

    3. Well, this is a Christmas movie. Kinda ;)

      We also have good luck finding used copies for cheap. I love re-watching.