Monday, April 20, 2009

Movie Monday

As promised in posts past, Buttercup is our new movie reviewer. This week's Netflix movie is In Bruges:

I love dark comedies; the darker, the better. (I laughed out loud when I read The Trial by Kafka, and yes, he meant for it to be funny.) In this respect, In Bruges is a wonderful example in cinema. Starring Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, and Ralph Fiennes, it is also an enjoying watch for those who simply want some plot with their action films.

In Bruges focuses on Ray (Farrell) and Ken (Gleeson), two hitmen on the run after Ray accidentally kills a child during a hit. Their boss, Harry Waters (Fiennes), has decided that they should reside in Bruges, Belgium until he can decide Ray's fate. While waiting for Harry's orders, the two hitmen tour the idyllic area and interact with the locals. Ray attempts to deal with his anguish over his mistake while developing a romantic entanglement, and Ken waits for Harry's call, knowing that he will be responsible for meting out Harry's punishment for Ray.

Because of the complexity of the backstory, the movie moves somewhat slowly in the beginning. This may also be a way of showing the difference between bustle of UK city life, which is what Ray and Ken are used to, and the city and people surrounding them in Bruges. Either way, the story is quick to heat up soon there after, and laughs abound for those who love subtle and snarky wit.

The movie does deal with series issues, such as the consequences of actions, intentional or not, and the adherence to one's morals. The audience is introduced to two men who aren't inherently bad people, if their profession is set to the side. But these men have decisions to make, just like anyone else, and their decision create ripples all around them, for themselves and others. Harry has his own law and a sense of justice, and abides by both wholly, but does that mean anything in relation to how the audience perceives him or his underlings?

Most teenagers would probably be able to handle the violence included in the film, but even I winced during the movie, so it isn't for the faint of heart. I'm also sure that younger people might not catch some of the more subtle humor or the intricacies of the morality tale In Bruges weaves, so all in all, I would recommend that adults heed the "R" rating, and try to watch it and gage whether their kids can really handle it. (Most countries recommended 16 or 18-years-old and up.)

Buttercup's rating: where F is a fail so epic, you would think it was Tremors 8, and A is so amazing that it was produced by the love child of Ron Howard and Steven Spielberg, I give In Bruges a B/B+. The cast is amazing, the screenwriter truly won his BAFTA honestly, and the movie is good.


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