“In Bruges” manages to maintain just the right balance between farcical hilarity and dark subject matter. Ray is charmingly dense when he hits on a girl by making well-intentioned but un-PC banter about a dwarf. When the dwarf turns out to be a whoring druggie with racist theories about the coming race war, the joke just gets funnier. Farrell plays Ray with the perfect mix of melancholy and cluelessness. Ralph Fiennes is chilling, yet hilarious as their boss Harry.
There are plenty of movies cast from this mold: wisecracking, double-crossing cockney thugs being by turns hilarious and murderous. “In Bruges” isn’t the best of the bunch, but it’s pretty good, and of course the setting is “like a f---ing fairy tale.”
3 stars out of 5