Sunday, February 15, 2009
By far the best film I've seen in the last 12 months!
This little big film absolutely threw me for six.
I'm not a fan of Colin "see-how-good-I-look-when-I-brood" Farrell. And with very few exceptions from Hitchcock and Kitano, crime thrillers usually thrill me about as much as a plate of boiled fish.
But right from the word "Go", this small story, set in the small Belgian town of Bruge, shook me to my foundation.
As a writer of screenplays, I marvelled at the deftness with which Martin McDonagh roused every human emotion possible to make me sympathise with, believe it or not, three MURDERERS, making me laugh and cry with each character, all the way, right until the very end.
Not since Almodovar's "Talk To Her" and Neil Jordan's "Mona Lisa" did I sit back after watching a film and thought, "Damn, I wish I had written that script!"
I rank this head and shoulders above all other films I've seen this year and most of last year, including, yes, the much lauded "Slumdogs".