Your “In Bruges” reviews

February 13, 2008
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Thursday evening was lively at Keystone Art Cinema, where the latest IBJ Night at the Movies featured a screening of Martin McDonagh’s film "In Bruges."

Some of you may know McDonagh as the playwright responsible for "The Lieutenant of Inishmore," currently playing at the Phoenix Theatre. (Sharon Gamble from the Phoenix was on hand to give out two pairs of tickets to show to lucky attendees. Thanks, Sharon.) In this comedy/drama/actioner, he tells the story of a hit man (Colin Farrell) supposedly in hiding in Belgium.

We had a great crowd for the screening (if you missed it, watch this space for an announcement of the next) and I’m looking forward to reading their--or your--comments here.

So what did you think?

And if you happen to catch it with the rest of the paying customers (it opens Friday), feel free to post your thoughts as well.

  • My wife mentioned that she was reminded of Pulp Fiction and I had to agree. I couldn't help but think of the bizzare adherance to a moral code by people who make a living killing. It was set In Bruges and the cinamatography made us want to put it on our go to list. I enjoyed the detailed character that...character excentricies.

    Sharon Gamble said in her introduction that the you'd enjoy this film if you saw the play, Liutentant of Inishmore, you'd enjoy the movies. We gotta see the play now for sure!

  • The dark, campy and hysterical work of Martin McDonagh is new
    to me but I'm now a devotee. Last weekend, I saw the Phoenix's Lt. of Inishmore
    and tonight (thanks, IBJ), the film In Bruges: both were original and shocking
    and full of the kind of angst that keeps characters in your head long after the
    show ends. Perfect night's entertainment, in my opinion!
  • I was fascinated by the Phoenix' production of Inishmore last weekend and blogged about it on - both the play itself and the new video trailer about it.

    I will look forward to seeing In Bruges, too!
  • While I liked the acting, I felt the story was not as polished as a Pulp Fiction
    and I have seen the nice-guy-hit-man-trying-to-change thing before in
    Grosse Point Blanke.

    The music during the foot chase near the end of the film was WAY overdone
    to the point of distraction.

    That being said, I would give it 2.5 (out of 5 stars), it was bloody and full of
    foul language so I would leave the kids at home for this one.
  • In Bruges entertains in the same vein as the best of the Coen Brothers like Raising Arizona and Fargo. The dialogue rivals Pulp Fiction and the storyline was great fun. Colin Farrel was born for dark comedy and the entire cast was first rate.

    I give the film 4.5 of 5 stars, a rating I give only once every few years.

    Thanks to IBJ for sponsoring the sneek peek!
  • We arrived 3 minutes after 7 and they would not let us in. :(
  • Doreen,
    Sorry to hear that. The passes do encourage people to arrive early.
    Hope to announce another movie soon. Better luck with that one.
  • Martin McDonagh is a fascinating guy and someone I'd love to have a few cocktails with to find out the source of his dark inspiration.

    In Bruges is a wild ride, perfectly paced, and as full of plot twists and turns (and nooks and crannies -- a line from one of the odder characters in the film) as the fairy tale medieval city of Bruges itself. Just when you think McDonagh has written a morality play he throws in a Laurel and Hardy moment to derail you. (Warning: if you are drinking a beverage during this movie, you might just spray your neighbors with wine by laughing at an inopportune time, not that my friend Heidi did anything like that last night). That's how fast, furious, and unexpected the humor is.

    I was reminded of Woody Allen in his darker moments -- think Crimes and Misdemeanors, or Match Point -- and also of the Dirty Harry movies. Brendan Gleeson's face is fascinating as he thinks through the ramifications of needing to punish (or forgive) his de facto son (Colin Farrell) for a crime he has committed (yes, there is honor among hit men as well as honor among thieves). Ralph Fiennes hits every note you want him to. The directing and cinematography are sure footed and intense.

    Go see this movie even if it isn't your kind of movie (it isn't mine, notwithstanding that I work for a theatre that has produced three of McDonagh's plays, but I loved it and will see it again). And see it on the big screen. If you are squeamish, don't worry: there's enough warning to cover your eyes.

    Thanks, Lou, for the tickets and the chance to cross-promote The Lieutenant of Inishmore at the Phoenix Theatre.
  • I watched In Burges at the sneek peek last night. Very entertaining. dialog was unbelievablely funny. Colin Farrel had a award winning performance.
  • Was ultimately disturbed by the number of children brought into this film and that their parents did not leave with them after the first scene.

    Beyond that - I enjoyed the film. Felt the actors did a great job sharing emotions that were very much on the surface for us to see. Farrel's angst was palpable as was Gleeson's. Feines did a wonderful job as always if a bit more one dimensional (but I blame writing for that).

    Cinemagraphically I thought the film was stunning. Glad the citizens of Bruge embraced the portrayal of their city as primarily positive. Just think how much more justified Ray would have been in his distaste of the location had they been sent to Terre Haute to hide out. Bruge worked beautifully as a counterpoint to his disgust.

    I somehow felt cheated in the ending. While I didn't see it coming - when it did arrive I found it to be too neat a package.

    Brutality and humor are a difficult blend - I felt this movie did a nice job of keeping it's tongue firmly planted in its cheek while still dealing with ugly images.

    I give it a 4 out of 5 - but yes, please leave the wee ones at home!
  • I found the movie very entertaining. I loved, loved, loved the humor. All three hit men are wonderful actors. I liked that Ken and Ray had an interesting and softer side, whereas Harry for the most part was all business, no conscience, but stuck to his principles. I thought the bloodiness would be somewhat disturbing, but the humor lessened the effect.

    Thanks for the tickets, Harry. I look forward to more neat experiences.

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