Monday, October 13, 2008

In Bruges (2008)

Easily one of the best dark British comedies I have seen, "In Bruges" effectively blends humor and a theme of serious drama. The only reason why you won't laugh out loud at most of it's comedy is because of it's context. Unlike most comedies, "In Bruges" is not a light-hearted film, it focuses on a rather serious theme on civilized assassins and warped ethics. People who enjoy subtlety will no doubt enjoy the effort that "In Bruges" displays. There is a varied use of symbology in this film which works well in delivering irony. This film warrants multiple viewings in order to fully grasp its hidden significance.

"In Bruges" opens with two assassins arriving in a preserved medieval town, named "Bruges", to hide after carrying out a job. Upon arrival, the film slowly shows the contrast in both the assassins' livelihood tastes. Ray (Colin Farrell) openly expresses his dislike for Bruges while Ken (Brendan Gleenson) finds himself captivated by the historical features of the town. Essentially, the two assassins were to hide in a hotel and wait for further instructions from their boss, Harry (Ralph Fiennes). However, many complications arise when Ken receives his next assignment while Ray, still haunted by the bloodshed in his previous job, seeks closure for his misdeeds.

Mixed with a clever script and excellent directing, "In Bruges" is a perfect example for satirical works. This film kept me enthralled with sharp curve balls being thrown rapidly but never too fast or too many. The soundtrack, which is something I would readily commend, enhances the entire experience with near-perfect symphony. There is a fair amount of violence in this film which might put off some people. Other than that, there's almost no reason why anyone shouldn't watch this.


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