Monday, June 30, 2008

Add This to Your Queue: In Bruges

This weekend, while catching up on Season 1 of 30 Rock (which makes me laugh so very hard. Liz Lemon and I are soul mates), I popped in In Bruges starring Colin Farrell and the entire supporting cast of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Farrell plays a newbee hit man partnered with Brendan Gleeson (aka Mad-Eye Moody). After his first job goes a bit awry, the two are sent to Bruges, Belgium by their boss, Ralph Fiennes (aka Lord Voldemort), to hide out for a bit. Farrell is miserable in Bruges, but Gleeson loves the old medieval city and it's charms (yes, they have character names, but I can't be bothered to remember or look them up. If you were expecting a proper film review, you've come to the wrong place, my friend). Anyway, Farrell brightens when he meets a girl (Clemence Poesy aka Fleur Delacroix (who, I just learned, shares my birthday. This, of course, means she's amazing)) while Gleeson deals with his next hit. Add a midget, drugs and annoying Americans and I think you can see why this movie is awesome.

In Bruges is comedy at it's darkest...think Gross Point Blank meets The Departed. Colin Farrell is really funny and by far the best he's ever been (this is how he becomes a real star...not that Alexander, shagging LiLo crap). Gleeson and Fiennes are brilliant, as always. Some people are even calling it the best film of the year so far. So, check it out before it becomes the next movie all the cool kids love. Then you can impress them when you work, "If I grew up on a farm, and was retarded, Bruges might impress me but I didn't, so it doesn't" into a conversation. Everyone will laugh and love you...and isn't that what life is all about? (this post totally fell off the rails there. My apologies).


Liz said...

I had been on the fence about watching this movie. Now on the queue it goes. Side note: isn't queue a weird word? How many words are spelled with 5 letters, but only 3 different ones. And two of those letters are "q" and "u," which aren't very common? The grammar nerd in me is impressed.

Garney said...

You forgot to mention that the incredible screenplay is written by the award-winning playwright Martin McDonagh who also won an Oscar a few years back for his short film Six Shooter, also starring Brendan Gleeson.

This movie is indeed the best of 2008 so far. I'll be posting my half-year top 10 next week after it is unveiled during the next 3 AMovIGOerS broadcast on blogtalkradio on July 7 (11 pm EST).

Falwless said...

I love how both you and Liz get sidetracked when typing. It makes me laugh.

I need to move to SD, already, damn it. But see? Now I got a fuckin' cat to lug around!

I got sidetracked, too. Apologies.

Falwless said...

What was this post about, again? Some movie? Ah to hell with it. I haven't seen it anyway, I'd have had nothing to say. Except that I hate Colin Farrell with a passion. For what reason I'm not sure, but I do.

Jon said...

Done and done. This movie has been added to my qway. (I refuse to pronounce the word "queue" properly.)

Red said...

Liz: It's one of the worlds great words.

G: I didn't forget...I never knew that. Thanks for showing me up.

Fal: You do need to move here. Think of the fun times we'd have (and the men we could harass).

And how can you hate Colin Farrell?!? He's so effing hot! Maybe it's because he's never made a good movie? This is his good movie!

Jon: You are so rebellious! I like that in a man.

I think, based on the two movies I've seen you review, you will like this one.

pistols at dawn said...

This movie does look like good stuff, but after a couple of days spent in Bruges, I may have more Bruges in my life than anyone really needs.

We get it. It's quaint. It's old. Now sell me some delicious Belgian chocolate and shut it.

Garney said...

If those are your feelings on Bruges then this movie is definitely for you.