After seeing the Cohen-eque trailer for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, an IMDb search was needed to find out who was directing. Martin McDonagh’s new film comes out in November, but looking down his short list of film Seven Psychopaths was the most recent, which is great. In Bruges was next on the list and has positive reviews so a viewing was mandatory. It is currently available on Starz and is an entertaining crime comedy.

In Bruges is a delightfully dark comedy

In Bruges (2008) - Berk ReviewsRay (Colin Farrell) and Ken (Brendan Gleeson) arrive in Bruges awaiting a call from their boss, Harry (Ralph Fiennes). Ray is not thrilled with their temporary residence, but seeks to make the most while dealing with the guilt of his last job that went horribly wrong. While initially disinterested with the location, Chloe (Clemence Poesy) and Jimmy (Jordan Prentice) who make Bruges a little more interesting.

Colin Farrell can be excellent, and that’s exactly what he is in this movie. Paired with Brendan Gleeson makes for some really great acting in this oddly toned film. It’s a crime movie with comedy and some seriously dark themes about suicide and the afterlife. Somehow these two manage to walk the tightrope that is this dark comedy.  The only Farrell performance that is more impressive comes in The Lobster, but this film’s character has more emotions for him to display. Ralph Fiennes has a smaller role, but when he shows up he is very impressive.

In Bruges (2008) - Berk ReviewsMcDonagh’s ability to carry the dark tones and bring real laughs continues to be masterful. Granted, a lot of the jokes walk the offensive line but the characters who are saying them are often despicable and often pay for their bad behaviors. Thus, it’s easy to look past the things they say as they aren’t supposed to be looked up to. Ray immediately insults a dwarf, the town of Bruges, and his friend Ken. Yet, while a sympathetic character, he’s also a hitman so it’s not hard to write off his ignorance as a part of his bad life choices.

Final thoughts…

This film had slipped past me for many years, but I’m definitely glad I finally watched it. I have a lot of hope for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri coming out in November. If you missed Seven Psychopaths or In Bruges and you like dark comedies than these need to be added to your watch list. In Bruges earns the Not Quite Golden, Ponyboy rating.