Two hit men waiting for their next mission to be assigned, discuss life and death while roaming the surreal and Medieval streets of Bruges. When the mission is finally revealed to them, it is not what they expected.
Initially a playwright, Martin McDonagh delivered in spades with this, his uproarious debut as a writer-director: a pitch-black comedy recounting a hapless hit job gone wrong. Special mention must be made of its marvellously barbed screenplay, modelled on Harold’s Pinter’s “The Dumb Waiter”.
Dark comedy that delivers hilarious dialogues and situations in rather serious circumstances - and the darkness that by the second half takes a new direction, so that by the end it feels almost like a surreal cinema piece. A would be holiday classic that is entirely deprived of the holiday feel even if it's surrounded by the Christmas fair and candle lights. And even then, it manages to bring a few laughs and warmth.
In Bruges has been a favorite of mine since its opening weekend. Time and again I return and it maintains its magic. I think its the characters that give it its staying power---the story is quite good too, but the characters and their sympathies, tendencies, vices and heart bind me to it. Atmosphere is heavy, too. The movie is designed beautifully. It's quite quiet & reflective for its irreverence. Classic Film.
An outright masterpiece. An unpredictable movie about guilt and boredom and displacement, with the darkest sense of humor and tenderest friendship on film. In sum, McDonagh stands with contemporaries like Duncan Jones and Rian Johnson, genre-savvy craftsmen who hold tight to their concepts and run with them regardless of what the audience expects or the critics think. --PolarisDiB
Well written with a great cast and beautiful location, McDonagh crafts an often funny, always engaging tale of purgatory. Few films can successfully go back and forth between comedy and deep, philosophical drama so seamlessly. When it's funny, it's hilarious. When it's serious, it's moving. The setting helps greatly by giving the story a surreal, dreamlike quality. Grade A material.
It is a smart and witty film. The obvious standout of the film is the dialogue. It keeps the audience entertained. The screenplay may venture into some cliches, but the banter makes the whole thing worth. Farrell's performance was my favorite, and that says a lot seeing as the whole cast is incredibly talented and perfectly cast. It is indeed a great debut for writer-director Martin McDonagh.
Martin McDonagh skillfully crafts a pitch-black comedy, where the absurdity more than makes up for the thin story. Gleeson and Farrell are a great pair, and the supporting pair of Fiennes and Poésy were evil and beautiful, respectively. McDonagh could use some more time planning more creative ways to shoot his scenes, but otherwise no complaints - well paced with steady humour, a great first feature.