We’re mildly high on Orberry, a variation of the venerable Martini that we made and consumed not too long ago.
So we can’t even remember how we stumbled upon the English film In Bruges that we watched yesterday.
In any case, we’ve spent the better part of today hurling choice epithets at ourselves for not watching In Bruges earlier.
Can’t recollect any of you schmucks suggesting the film either (now that would be too much to expect from y’all, right?).
A brilliant and highly entertaining film, In Bruges is sheer joy. All 107 minutes of it.
If we were to summarize In Bruges, here’s how we would describe it twitter-style:
Brilliant acting + solid screenplay + fine photography + amusing dialogs = A rare, must watch film.
Directed and written by Martin McDonagh, In Bruges is to use a cliche a dark comedy.
The movie is about two hit men Ray (Colin Farrell) and Ken (Brendan Leeson) who are ordered by their boss Harry (Ralph Fiennes) to lie low in the lovely Belgian tourist town of Bruges after their last job goes horribly awry (a young boy gets accidentally killed).
Not in the least bit interested in the tourist stuff about the medieval town and the tower and such stuff, Ray hates loathes Bruges and badly wants to get back to London.
Ray’s buddy Ken is the opposite, soaking in the picturesque town, the medieval tower, the old church and all.
The two are a study in contrasts.
Ray, quick to offend and take offense while Ken is the more composed fellow.
They wait in Bruges for the call from Harry.
Ken eagerly taking in the sights as the extremely restless and brooding Ray finally finds some amusement in the town, first in an American midget actor who is in Bruges on a film-shooting and later a pretty Belgian girl Chloë (the equally talented Clémence Poésy). Chloë’s beguiling charm and fetching smile soon has Ray smitten with her and angling to get into the sprightly girl’s pants.
Well, does Ray hold a similar attraction for Chloë?
And then comes the much anticipated call from Harry.
The nasty, swearing Harry orders Ken to do the unthinkable.
Will Ken agree to take up the assignment? More importantly, will he do it?
Now, we wouldn’t want to spoil all the fun for you, would we?
So, watch the movie to see how it all ends.
Not easily predictable. No sir, not this movie.
The acting is top-notch. Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes and Clémence Poésy do a stellar job and set the screen afire with their performances.
Not surprisingly, In Bruges has either won or been nominated for the most prestigious awards including the Oscar, Golden Globes and the BAFTA.
You’d be a fool not to watch this superb movie.
In Bruges is available at Netflix if you live in the U.S.
As for desis living elsewhere, well your nimble fingers should surely accomplish the hoped-for trick.