Wednesday, October 1, 2008

In Bruges (2008)

In Bruges is another film that I stayed away from while it was in theaters, after being a little turned-off by a trailer that features Colin Farrell's character beating up a dwarf (this one prefers to be called a dwarf and the term "little person" isn't mentioned at all, although "midget" is used a lot). I was being a bit prejudiced in thinking that Jordan Prentice was put in the film to get cheap laughs out of morons, because his character is very important for this clever story and he does a fine job with it. And I would guess that hitmen with hearts of gold are pretty rare in the real world, but they are usually entertaining on film and Farrell and Gleeson are perfect for these roles. Despite containing plenty of sex, drugs, and midget beatings, this movie is somehow not as crude as so many mediocre comedies that overrated American directors have been churning out lately. And it's a lot funnier. If you're like me and you're constantly disappointed when someone tells you to go see some movie that, sure enough, makes you laugh a few times, but is otherwise pointless, then In Bruges may be the cure. It has moments of pure genius, and delivers a brilliant pay-off, never once threatening to half-ass the ending, which seems to happen all too easily whenever guns are involved.

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