Review: Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hit men Ray and Ken head to Belgium to await orders from their ruthless boss and hide out until things cool down. Their experiences their become life-changing as they encounter an American dwarf, tourists, locals and even a potential romance for Ray, although being in Bruges is the last place he wants to be.
Director: Martin McDonagh
Actors: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ciaran Hinds, Elizabeth Berrington, Olivier Bonjour, Mark Donovan, Ralph Fiennes, Eric Godon, Zeljko Ivanek, Anna Madeley and Clemence Poesy
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime and Drama
This is Martin McDonagh’s first theatrical film. Both Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson are terrific. When watching this I got the sense that both actors really enjoyed being in this film and both got on with each other. A brilliantly entertaining film and intelligently edited. This is not to be underestimated but this is a very violent film. The Christmas decorations in Bruges were kept out until the end of March in order to create the feeling of the holiday season for this film. It was the town council’s job to make official communication with the people of Bruges to explain the reason why. One of the things that makes the film work so well is the script is so well thought out and witty. At the Golden Globe Awards in 2009 this won one award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical (Colin Farrell). At the Bafta Awards in 2009 this won one Bafta Award for Best Screenplay – Original (Martin McDonagh).