In Bruges ****

 

Brendan Gleason and Colin Farrel are "In Bruges"

Brendan Gleason and Colin Farrel are “In Bruges”

 

“In Bruges” is a fresh and original black comedy.  It is about two hitmen from Dublin who end up hiding out in Bruges after a job goes the wrong way.  From there the plot develops with a series of twists I did not see coming.  It is so nice to see a movie where the events seem to happen as a result of the character’s personalities as opposed to chugging along a generic plot.

Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrel are fabulous as pretty casual hitmen, trying to keep busy, in a town where they don’t want to be.  Farrel would enjoy spending his entire time there in the pub.  Gleeson enjoys taking in the sights.  But the movie does not stop there.  Unpredictable things happen resulting in violence involving their boss played deliciously by Ralph Fiennes. 

Movies this original do not get made very often.  I love how the story develops as if it might actually be happening.  The filmmakers are not in a rush.  They let the characters live, breath, and develop in front of our eyes.  This is one of the best films of the year.

 

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