IN BRUGES starts with two hitmen, Ray (Colin Farrell) and Ken (Brendan Gleeson), who are sent to Bruges by their gangster
boss Harry (Ralph Fiennes) after Ray screws up a hit. Ken wants to take in the sights while Ray thinks Bruges is a crappy
place until he meets Chloe who sells drugs to a Belgian film crew. Ray also has to deal with the fact that he accidentally
shot a kid when he killed a priest. Then you through in the best character of the film, Jimmy (Jeremie Renier), a dwarf/
midget actor who is part of the film shooting in Bruges. Jimmy takes ketamine (horse tranquilizer) and hangs with Belgian
prostitutes while being a very racist midget. IN BRUGES is a very funny dark comedy while showing off teh beauty of the
buildings of Bruges. I think the midget (I mean dwarf) steals every scene he is and the midget talk by Ray had me howling
with laughter. Still Colin and Brendan get upstaged by Ralph Fiennes which isn't a good thing when you're supposed to cared
about Ray and Ken. Yet Jimmy the dwarf and monster gangster Harry are still more fun to watch.
I wish the film had an audio commentary track.
11 deleted scenes and 2 extended scenes (23 minutes) feature two Harry flashbacks, more sight seeing of Bruges, and some unneeded
padding in addition to a bed scene. The gag reel can be skipped, but F*CKING BR*GES is funny by the amount of swear words
used in the short montage featurette.
WHEN IN BRUGES is a short making of featurette that has interviews with all major cast members and writer/ director Martin
McDonagh. Martin represented his conflicting views about Bruges through the characters of Ray and Ken. This is Martin's
STRANGE BRUGES- how they used Bruges in the film, how great it was for the film, and getting the town to cooperate. Actor
Jeremie Renier (Jimmy the midget/ dwarf) says it is great down to try out different types of beers, but his opinion on Bruges
matches the character of Ray.
A BOAT TRIP AROUND BRUGES just about says it as facts about Bruges are scrolled across the top and bottom of the screen during
the boat trip.
Also the DVD has trailers for DOOMSDAY and HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY before the main menu.
FINAL ANALYSIS: IN BRUGES is a funny dark comedy. Ralph Fiennes and Jeremie Renier steal every scene they're in. I wish
the film had more of the dwarf. Favorite extras amount to the deleted scenes and the swear word montage.
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