Ryan Hodes’s review published on Letterboxd:
In Bruges is great, but don't take it from me, take it from SNL's Stefon:
"New York's hottest club is In Bruges. This place has everything: midgets hopped up on horse tranquilizers and their dutch prostitute counterparts, yankee fookin coonts, swans EVERYWHERE, inanimate fucking objects, and oh, is that Voldemort and Mad-eye Moody tossing vulgar insults at each other over a couple of pints? If you want to get shot by lovable hitmen in a fairy-tale land, then look no further!"
In all seriousness, In Bruges is fantastic and really shines in its writing. Every scene, every line of dialogue, no matter how ridiculous, moves the story forward. The film works on every level; as a buddy movie, a brilliant dark comedy, a compelling character story, and much like McDonagh's other work, a commentary on violence. In Bruges cleverly balances these aspects with mastery, thanks in part to its outstanding screenplay.
I can't say enough about Colin Farrell and Brenden Gleeson. This movie wouldn't work without their earnest and sympathetic performances. They make the hilariously offensive dialogue work, they play on the emotion and humor of each scene with perfect timing, and really they are just as fookin brilliant as their one-liners. Oh, and Ralph Fiennes is great, too.
I really loved this movie, and McDonagh is quickly moving up my list of favorite working directors.
"Ken, I grew up in Dublin. I love Dublin. If I grew up on a farm, and was retarded, Bruges might impress me. But I didn't, so it doesn't."
"I was on a very strong horse tranquilizer today. I wasn't waving to anybody. Except, maybe to a horse".