April 21, 2011

Justify My Netflix: In Bruges

(Like many Netflix customers, I too can get quite lax with the timely watching and returning of my movies, which of course defeats the entire purpose of having a flat-rate rental plan in the first place. To combat that, I am now writing standardized mini-reviews of each and every movie I end up watching through Netflix, both instantly and on DVD. Don't forget, all previous 'Justify My Netflix' reviews can be found on CCLaP's main movie page.)

In Bruges

Today's movie: In Bruges, 2008 (Amazon | IMDB | Netflix | Wikipedia)

Why I added it to my queue: Because I've always been curious about this little Irish film, a Tarantino-style goofy/intense gangster caper that nonetheless won a BAFTA (for screenplay) and Golden Globe (for Colin Farrell's performance), as well as getting nominated for an Oscar for its writing (by obscure playwright Martin McDonagh, here also directing for the first time in his film career).

The reality: Pretty good! Although sheesh, be forewarned, this is about as direct a throwback to the Tarantinoesque '90s as it even gets, an action movie with very little action and just a tremendous amount of witty, cynical, pop-culture-infused dialogue, the main reason to be watching in the first place, as two small-time crooks hide out after a messy job in the sleepy historical Belgian city of the movie's title and endlessly discuss their pasts and possible future. Plus Ralph Fiennes plays the villain! With a Cockney accent! COR! It's certainly not a film to go out of your way to see, but was absolutely worth my time when all is said and done, one of those little charmers that feels in all its moments like a "calling card" film from a beginning director, designed specifically to show off their talents to studio executives in order to procure bigger budgets in the future. If watched with this attitude, you're sure to enjoy it yourself.

Strangest piece of trivia: Four members of this cast are also part of the Harry Potter film series (Fiennes as Voldemort, Brendan Gleeson as Mad-Eye Moody, Clemence Poesy as Fleur Delacour and Ciaran Hinds as Dumbledore).

Worth your time? Yes

Filed by Jason Pettus at 10:09 AM, April 21, 2011. Filed under: Movies | Reviews |