15 January 2018

In Bruges

In Bruges 2008
  • Director: Martin McDonagh
  • Based on the novel: no
  • Cast: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Clémence Poésy, Ralph Fiennes, Zeljko Ivanek, Jordan Prentice, Thekla Reuten, Ciarán Hinds
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Colin Farrell – Winter’s Tale, Fright Night, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Daredevil
    • Brendan Gleeson – Edge of Tomorrow, Harry Potter, Kingdom of Heaven, Cold Mountain, Gangs of New York, 28 Days Later, My Life So Far, Butcher Boy, Michael Collins, Braveheart
    • Ralph Fiennes – Spectre, The Invisible Woman, Skyfall, Coriolanus, Harry Potter, The Reader, The Constant Gardener, Sunshine, The English Patient, Strange Days, Schindler’s List
    • Clémence Poésy – The Hollow Crown, Harry Potter, 127 Hours
    • Zeljko Ivanek – Manderlay, Dogville, Dancer in the Dark, Snow Falling on Ciders, Homicide Life on the Streets, Ellen Foster, Donnie Brasco, If Not for You, The X Files
    • Ciarán Hinds – The Woman in Black, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Harry Potter, Life During Wartime, Margot at the Wedding, The Calendar Girls, Road to Perdition, Titanic Town, Jane Eyre, Ivanhoe, Cold Lazarus, Mary Reilly
  • Why? Liked it the first time
  • Seen: Once before. Now 13 January 2017

       Two hitmen are instructed to hide out in Bruges. Ray (Farrell) hates it. Ken (Gleeson) finds it beautiful and enjoys the sightseeing.
       Ray is, well, a little stupid and says coarse rude things and can’t understand why people get upset. Even Chloe (Poésy) who he finds very attractive. Does she really sell narcotics on the movie set where she works? Does she believe him when he tells her that he shoots priests and kids? He does, and the kid part plagues him to the point of suicide. It was a mistake. The priest (Hinds) was not.
       Ken appreciates Bosch and all the old buildings and tries to be a good man, well, other than killing people.
       And then Ken receives his new assignment via telephone from the boss Harry (Fiennes). To kill Ray for killing the kid.
       It goes on from there. It’s funny, absurd, tragic. Gleeson and Farrell are perfect but so are the entire cast, including the smallest bit parts. And Bruges plays its role beautifully.

5 * of 5

PS Why are there so many good films about assassins?

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