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In Bruges - A film about as tedious as a proverbial weekend in Belgium...,
This review is from: In Bruges [DVD]  (DVD)
This film really was not what I had expected. From the adverts (when will I learn to not trust adverts??) I was expecting a comedy a la lock stock with some pace and verve. But it was not to be.
Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson are two hitmen sent to lie low in Bruges by mob boss Ralph Feinnes after a bungled hit leaves a child dead. Gleeson takes advantage and goes off to see the sights, while Farrell gets into all sorts of trouble with a dwarf and a blonde he randomly picks up on a film set. It seems to be a tale about a search for redemption with black humour. However, the humour largely did not work for me, and most of the situations Farrell finds himself in were pretty cringeworthy and just embarrassing to watch. Especially the dialogues about racism and his treatment of the dwarf. The pacing of the film is all wrong in the first two thirds, with not enough happening to keep you interested.
Things pick up in the last 20 minutes or so, when Ralph Feinnes' gangster hits town to sort things out, and the action picks up. There is some genuine humour here as the characters resolve the situation they find themselves in, adhering strictly to their own moral codes. The last 20 minutes is genuinely pacey, funny and entertaining, so I'll give it a star for that. Also, much of the photography of the city is beautiful, so much so that I would love to visit the place, so another star there. The rest of it is pretty turgid and unengaging stuff though. Two stars in total.