Friday Flicks 4-13-12

Posted: April 13, 2012 by gd2525 in Movies
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A Weekly Educated Movie Recommendation by: Shaun Smith

I know what you’re thinking, “but Shaun, didn’t you recommend a British film last week? Do you not like American films?” To which I respond by saying, “You’re an inanimate f***ing object!”

If you didn’t get that reference then you clearly have never seen my pick for this week, In Bruges.

In Bruges, directed by underrated Academy Award winning writer/director Martin McDonagh, stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as two hitmen vacationing in the European country of Bruges after a botched job costs an innocent person’s life.

Farrell, in a Golden Globe winning role, is exceptional as the troubled hitman trying to cope with his mistake. He also is hilarious at times while exploring the city in utter distain.

Gleeson, on the other hand, is the much calmer of the two and is in love with the setting and scope of Bruges.

The film is considered to be a pseudo-comedy mixed in with a crime drama.

Joined along for the film is another amazing actor in Ralph Fiennes, who plays the hitmen’s boss. Fiennes appears halfway through the film and gives the narrative a much deserved bump.

The mainstay of the film is the acting and writing. McDonagh is known for writing really punchy and interesting dialogue, much like a Tarantino, but he is able to pull great performances from his actors as well.

I consider this to be the career role for both Farrell and Gleeson. I’m not a huge fan of Farrell, especially when he is trying to cover up his accent in U.S. films, but for some odd reason Farrell is most effective with his normal Scottish dialect.

Gleeson plays the straight man for most of the film and is the perfect counterweight for Farrell’s bar boast performance.

It would be a travesty if I didn’t also recommend the phenomenal soundtrack of the film. The original score really turns the film and its setting into a “fairy-tale land.”

I would highly recommend checking out In Bruges this weekend. Warning: this film is a hard-R meaning a ton of foul language and violence. Keep the kids away!

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