I would sum of In Bruges as follows: Mobsters lay low in the story-book town of Bruges Belgium – and nothing happens. This movie was simultaneously boring and amusing. Amusing because each of Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes were amusingly quirky. Jordan Prentice, a Canadian Dwarf, was also very good.
Once again, fine performances do not alone a fine movie make. All of the main actors were good. But I kept waiting for something interesting to happen. Nothing did.
On a more positive note, it was nice to see Colin Farrell perform in his native Irish accent. It was a relief to enjoy this otherwise excellent actor without his cringe inducing attempts at other accents.
Oddly, I understand why Martin McDonagh was nominated for the Oscar for ‘best writing, screenplay written directly for the screen’. The writing was sometimes witty and often amusing. But, again, the entire story was less than the sum of its parts.
I do not recommend this movie.