Wednesday, June 18, 2008

"My Ass, Let's Go... They're Filming Midgets!"


I'll make this quick.

See In Bruges.

The pitch-black comedy/gangster flick is now available on video, and if you're one of the many who missed its short run in theaters, I highly recommend putting it on your Netflix queue somewhere. It stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson -- both of whom turn in fantastic performances -- as a couple of Irish thugs briefly exiled to the bucolic Belgian town of Bruges after a hit goes terribly wrong. The movie features so many conventions you've seen a hundred times before -- from gangsters on the run, to the fish-out-of-water scenario, to the surreal, Lynchian idiosyncrasies of a small town -- but they're all combined so expertly and with such a deft touch that the resulting amalgam feels completely fresh. Credit for both the purposely dreamlike feel of the film as well as its whip-smart dialogue goes to writer/director Martin McDonagh -- the celebrated playwright behind The Pillowman and The Lieutenant of Inishmore, both of which Jayne and I were fortunate enough to see on Broadway and are still raving about.

It's funny, it's tragic, it's surprisingly moving.

In Bruges is a damn good movie.

8 comments:

Ally said...

I'm so glad someone I know has seen this. I saw the previews for it and knew it would be a winner. The midget totally makes it for me - loved the karate chop scene. Can't wait to see the entire flick.

Lex said...

I definitely agree with you. When it was out in the theater, I was recommending it to everyone. I usually don't like Colin Farrell but he had a good role here.

em said...

Gleeson is one of the best actors out there, and Farrell is awesome in this. This movie has also led to way too many references about doing lines with a midget and a prostitute and karate chopping a midget within my circle of friends...

Lubbert Das said...

Couldn't agree more Chez,I just watched it today-great movie. It's good to see Farrell in something watchable and Gleeson just shines in no matter what he's in.

There is another lesser known Irish movie which is worth checking out called Intermission from 2003-Farrell also stars along with Cillian Murphy and Colm Meaney.

Amii said...

Added to queue, thanks.

germ78 said...

I was fortunate to catch it when it came around to Chicago in February. I've recommended it to just about everyone I know, and since it's out on video I may have to pick it up (along with many albums by the band Fantomas). Turns out the dwarf in the film (Jordin something I don't remember) was one of the actors in the Howard the Duck suit back in the day.

em said...

While we're throwing out recommendations, another Gleeson one I love--"I Went Down". Hilarious.

germ78--as of early May, it was still playing at Piper's Alley on Wells. Weird, eh? I caught it in Feb too, but had no idea it stuck around that long.

Anonymous said...

Ken (Gleeson)- "You can go on your date, if we do what I want to do all day tomorrow."

Ray (Farrel) - "So you mean we're gonna do all that culture stuff"

Ken - "No I think we'll find a happy balance between culture and fun."

Ray - "I think that balance will be more like a big fat retarded black girl on a see saw."