Unfortunately I was not able to catch this movie when it came out in February. I wanted to, but never got around to it. When I saw the trailer, apart from it starring Colin Farrell I was pretty excited because from the looks of the trailer, it felt a lot like a Guy Ritchie movie and also had a great actor, Ralph Fiennes, as a villain. The movie looked like it had a fair amount of action with good dialogue and characters. Well, the movie wasn’t great, but it was pretty darn good.
First off, it wasn’t nearly as fast paced as I was hoping it to be, but in the end I couldn’t complain that much because a movie can be extremely slowly paced and still be good and I can’t punish this movie because of my expectations. The acting was great, especially from Ralph Fiennes and Brendan Gleeson. Farrell actually surprised me too, but the best was by far Fiennes in role that you could just tell he had a blast playing. The movie was actually funnier than I expected. Unlike a Guy Ritchie movie, In Bruges wasn’t as fast-paced and it surprisingly enough had dumber characters, which is strange because Guy Ritchie movies are usually filled to the brim with stupidity.
The stupidity angle was forced at times and hilarious at others. One of the really funny parts involves Fiennes and Farrell near the end during a sort of final shoot out in a hotel. I don’t want to give it a way, but you’ll see exactly what I mean if you view the movie. Overall, this was no Ritchie movie, but it was a lot better than some of the movies that try to be Ritchie movies nowadays, which is actually saying something because there’s a lot of them out there. Smokin Aces for one.