As I sat watching the first two awards announced at the Oscars, fighting with my cable box for its inability to play “Room,” I realized all I needed for real Sunday entertainment was my DVD collection, and In Bruges.
A go-to for a lot of film fans trying to help out a bored friend, this British flick is at the top of British (…Irish) Drama game.
Colin Farrell stars as Ray, a hitman, who along with his “co-worker,” Ken (Brendan Gleeson) has been sent to Bruges, Belgium to await orders from their boss, Harry.
The plot unfolds in such an artful way that I don’t want to delve into it any more here.
Martin McDonagh, (the brilliant genius behind Seven Psychopaths), does what he does best here. He creates a simple story about a lost hit man and coats it with a thick layer of allegory, meta-plot, blatant hints you don’t see, and a perfect peppering of humour.
Farrell, (who is, IMO, one of the top 3 most underrated actors of our time) really shines here as Ray. He even won the Golden Globe for Best Actor for it…. (Sorry, Oscars and DDL, this was Colin’s year).
By treating “crime” the way it does, it really takes you into the life of these hitmen and out of your every day. It’s dark, it’s sad, it’s funny, and it’s exciting, a difficult combo on which McDonagh doesn’t disappoint.
Great if you liked: Seven Psychopaths, Snatch, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Layer Cake, Lucky Number Slevin, Rock N Rolla