I was feeling theatre’d out by the time yesterday came around and so we went off to see the early show of In Bruges last night. It’s one of those bizarre action, gangster, comedies, starring Colin Farrel, Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes, and written and directed by Martin McDonagh.
The tag line of the movie is, “Shoot now, sightsee later” to give you an idea. Briefly, it’s about two assassins from Britain who have to hole up in the tiny Belgian town of Bruges, after a job and wait for instructions from the big boss, Harry, played brilliantly by Ralph Fiennes. It’s very reminiscent of Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter, but I won’t give away why.
The movie is hilarious, irreverent, outrageous, touching at times and totally gory. Brendan Gleeson, who I remember seeing as Mad eye Moody in the Harry Potter films, is just fantastic.
The scenery of the tiny Belgian town and its exquisite buildings, bridges, piazzas, and swan filled canals is exploded onto by the crazy assassins, American and Canadian tourists, and a totally bizarre b-grade movie dream sequence being filmed in the city, whose star is a drug addled American, racist dwarf. It’s complicated. And totally hilarious.