By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Focus Features.
Hot damn is the news slow this week. With so little to talk about, imagine how ecstatic I got when I discovered that some of the first official reviews had surfaced for In Bruges.
Early Reviews: In Bruges
Judging by the clips and trailer, In Bruges looks like a great time at the theater. Guns, great cast, accents and humor -- I dig that. But what did the critics think?
Martin McDonagh benches the bolder, brasher side of his dramatic writing skills and tries his hand at genre and plot in his highly erratic filmmaking debut, “In Bruges.” Closer to pics like “The Hit” and “Miller’s Crossing” than to McDonagh’s bristling, funny plays, this half-comic, half-serious account of two Irish hitmen who are sent to the titular Belgian burg to cool their heels after a job is moderately fair as a nutty character study, but overly far-fetched once the action kicks in. After pic’s Sundance opener spotlight, Focus should expect generally indifferent critical and aud response during February rollout.
The Hollywood Reporter
Just when you think you've seen every possible variation on the hit-man genre, Irish playwright Martin McDonagh in his feature debut has fashioned an audacious combination of Old World grace and modern ultraviolence.
Chock full of wonderful lines delivered by a splendid cast, the film toys with the conventions and mostly transcends the limitations. But generous bloodletting might prove too much for the indie crowd, while artful conceit probably won't play in the multiplex. It's going to be a tough sell for Focus Features.
Well, I'm sold. Check out the full reviews for In Bruges by clicking the bold links above.