Some movies stay with you long after you have seen them. They find a place in your heart and simply make it their home. In Bruges is one of those movies. I found it quite interesting that whenever I mentioned this movie as one of my all time favorites, people would either say it’s a cool movie or just start ranting about how much they love it. It hit all the right things, starting with that fucking music. As someone who rarely listened to movie music (that intro from Black Hawk Down was my favorite), I have to admit that this movie changed my mind and I started paying much more attention to it. Both during and after the movie. Composed by Carter Burwell, music here melancholic and beautiful at the same time. And when you combine it with shots of the mesmerizing city and interesting characters, you get one hell of an experience. In Bruges is a dark comedy about two hitman spending a couple of days in Belgian city of Bruges. Phenomenally written, it has everything you would want from a movie like this: action, drama, thrills and finally that special brand of humor that’s pretty much reserved for British movies. The guy responsible for all this is the director/writer Martin McDonagh, a British/Irish guy with a piercing vision. And this was his debut movie.
So, two hitman walk into a bar in Bruges, Belgium… Ray is a young guy, inexperienced and jumpy, and he fucked up his first job so his teacher, seasoned hitman that goes by the name Ken escorts him to Bruges, trying to figure things out. Trapped in this beautiful city, they have very different perceptions of what happened and what should be done. And on top of all that, their crazy boss Harry is starting to lose his nerves.
The cast of this movie was simply wonderful. Brendan, Colin and Ralph were all great, immortalizing this movie for eternity. I am tempted to mention some of the exchanges, however, one of the scenes that jarringly pops up when I try to do this is that Ralph phone call scene. Fuck me, that was simply stunning. With a story that seems a bit generic, In Bruges is actually full of surprises and surreal scenes. Surely, the setting was part of the mix. Cities’ medieval structure was preserved and Bruges is one of those places that you definitely must check out. Although you might not want to see a movie about crime, especially not about two hitmen who have botched a job, I urge you to do so. This movie offers so much more in practically every scene that you will realize just how good it is pretty much immediately.
Director: Martin McDonagh
Cast: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes, Zeljko Ivanek
Fun Stuff: The word ‘fuck’ and its derivatives are said 126 times in this 107-minute film, an average of 1.18 ‘fucks’ per minute.