A film with a débutante director (even though an Oscar Winner for a Short film),a mediocre cast set in Bruges (Belgium)can hardly raise any expectation. In Bruges suffers just for all that whereas it's a cinematic gem yet so under-watched.
Martin McDonagh in his début film has created magic on screen. I was really taken aback by this ingenious work.
In Bruges is a story of two hit-men Ray and Ken who are on a hide out in Bruges after a hideous crime they have committed. Now the film maker takes his time to reveal the actual crime that was committed and gives us some breathtaking views of the little known medieval town Bruges. The characters while on a trip comes in touch with so many other locals and tourists and that set the course of the story that becomes absolutely fascinating once the secret unveils.
It's shear good writing. The script is so tight and never looses any punch. The story is funny at times and really captures the characters of the main protagonists in the backdrop of the beautiful yet lonely city.
Colin Farrell as Ray is the Surprise package. This is his best work till date and he did get to the skin of the character. I love him in it and it's a shame we have not seen him in anything like this more often. But to me the best performance comes from the ever dependable Brendan Gleeson. He is the real star and his power packed performance gives the film a new dimension. In a surprising role Ralph Fiennes did what he does best, looked menacing.
All in all I loved In Bruges. It's a gem of a black comedy. The script is fantastic, the acting is top notch, direction is very competent and above all the cinematography is breath taking. Just by watching the scenes I fell in love with the place.
I am going 8 out of 10 for In Bruges. It's what I call a mind blowing cinematic experience. Don't miss it.