"In Bruges"

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"In Bruges"

Post by Ralph » Sun Feb 17, 2008 6:41 pm

I don't know how widely this flick will screen but it's the absolute best black comedy I've seen in a while. Part caper, part buddy movie, it's about two hit men, one experienced, Ken, the other a novice, Ray, sent on holiday to Bruges after a hit in England goes sour with the accidental death of a little boy. The dialogue is sparkling, the interaction between the experienced older guy and the murdering acolyte genuinely interesting. The scenes in Bruges where the film was made are lovely and I thought it projected the city very differently than Korngold's grim opera, "Die Todt Stadt."

Korngold truly creates a dead city, lifeless and frightening. This film gives us the medieval wonders of a vibrant tourist city with an underworld but also with people who are earthy and charming.

I don't feel like telling you about the cast. They're all great - look 'em up.
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Post by Werner » Mon Feb 18, 2008 12:11 am

Saw it last night and hated it.

The good things (not many) first: the shots of Bruges are gorgeous. And while I object to the latest fashion of jumpy camera work, the sequence of the senior guy jumping or falling off the tower if scarily effective.

Objection: a regional British patios spoken without any clarity, at a low volume, and hifden behing background noise of various sorts. Reminds me of what I expect in ads: you want me to know what you're selling, let me be able to read it! Same applies here, soundwise. I don't want to hace\\ve to strain to know what this is all about.
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Post by Ralph » Mon Feb 18, 2008 12:22 am

Werner wrote:Saw it last night and hated it.

The good things (not many) first: the shots of Bruges are gorgeous. And while I object to the latest fashion of jumpy camera work, the sequence of the senior guy jumping or falling off the tower if scarily effective.

Objection: a regional British patios spoken without any clarity, at a low volume, and hifden behing background noise of various sorts. Reminds me of what I expect in ads: you want me to know what you're selling, let me be able to read it! Same applies here, soundwise. I don't want to hace\\ve to strain to know what this is all about.
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Well, let's see if others weigh in. :)
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Post by Evelyn Laden » Mon Feb 18, 2008 12:51 am

"In Bruges" - I'd have to agree with Werner on this one. Sure, Bruges is a beautiful ancient town, and the photography reflects it. The two hit men, Ken and Ray, are holed up there (why there?), and no good comes of it. Ray is an out-of-control fellow who hits or preferably shoots dead anyone who dares to disagree with him over the most trivial matters, and what is likeable or even interesting psychologically about that? Kent, with probably just as much on his conscience, at least shows a little about loyalty, and even displays a bit of humor.
The movie, considering one can't hear most of the dialog because of the poor sound control (unforgiveable if done intentionally), takes far too long until gallons of blood finally flow all over the lovely town of Bruges, and not a minute too soon. The death scenes are ridiculously theatrical, and therefore unconvincing, but who cares?

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