A couple of friends mentioned this flick, so when I saw a copy on the NEW shelf, I grabbed it. I had imagined some dense foreign flick, and wasn't prepared for this wacky British combination of comedy and drama.
Bruges, it turns out, is a town in Belgium that contains one of the most perfectly preserved medieval areas in Europe. So why aren't hitmen Ray (Colin Farrell) and Ken (Brendan Gleeson), fresh off a job, delighted to be there? Well, Ken is delighted, but he likes history and art. It is obvious that Ray is going through some sort of meltdown.
"In Bruges" is an intricate dance of a movie that even gets better when hardnosed family-man/mobster Harry Waters (Ralph Fiennes) shows up. This is not the romantic Ralph Fiennes of "The English Patient" and "The Constant Gardener" but rather a comically flawed sociopath. His gesticulations and expressions are a wonder to behold, as is his foul-mouthed vocabulary.
Critics praised this movie -- it got an 80% on Rotten Tomatoes. If you like the Coen Brothers you will enjoy "In Bruges." It is laugh out loud funny.