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Almost There:Colin Farrell inIn Bruges

"I was totally surprised when he won the Globe for it. He's very good here. It really changed my mind about him as an actor."Joe G

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May 11 2020

Almost There: Colin Farrell in "In Bruges"


Colin Farrell is a fascinating actor.Early on in his career, he got good notices for his work in Joel Schumacher'sTigerland, but his following movies did little to build on that promise and make him a respected up and coming star.Instead, he became a mainstay of action movies of the early aughts, gaining popularity but not being much respected as an actor.On paper, 2004'sAlexanderlooked like his big Oscar bid, but the Oliver Stone historical epic crashed and burned most spectacularly.Still, Farrell has always shown a keen eye when it comes to working with prestigious directors.He's collaborated with Stone, Terrence Malick, Woody Allen, Peter Weir, Liv Ullmann, Sofia Coppola, Steve McQueen, and Yorgos Lanthimos, among others.His work with Lanthimos has been particularly revelatory.

An actor so game to challenge himself and with such a résumé seems like someone who should have left a mark in the awards game.However, Farrell has very rarely been a contender for acting honors.Regarding the Oscars, he came closest in 2008…

In Brugesis Martin McDonagh's first feature after establishing himself in the world of theater and conquering an Oscar for the short Six Shooter.Like many of his works, it explores themes of Catholic guilt, skewed morality, and extreme violence in the context of black comedy that gradually gives way to tragedy.Moreover, In Bruges' structure makes it more akin to a character study than a crime thriller, even though its explosions of bloodiness tend to cloud some of the more delicate psychological portraiture being done.Specifically, this is a portrait of two Irish hitmen from London who have found themselves displaced in the beautiful Belgian city of Bruges.

Ken, played by Brendan Gleeson, is an older gentleman who is perfectly content to await orders while playing tourist.Ray, Colin Farrell's character, on the other hand, is a miserable grump who detests everything about the city.He also seems to hold great contempt for most people who are unlike him, spitting profanities at anyone who crosses his path that tickles his bigotry.Only dwarves are protected from his foul tongue, but then his childish delight feels equally disrespectful, like the spectator of a freak show rather than a human being with adequate levels of empathy.

Through the first act ofIn Bruges, McDonagh explores the dynamic between these two men and their colorful surroundings, indulging in jokes that haven't aged all that well, and capitalizing on his actor's humorous talents.Farrell, in particular, feels at home in this register of pitch-black comedy, making great use of his hyperactive eyebrows and facial plasticity.His mugging could be bothersome in its broadness, but the floridly vile dialogue suggests a certain theatricality in which those actorly choices make sense.Furthermore, Farrell is magnetic when he's onscreen, managing to make the hideous character of Ray into a compelling anti-hero.

As the plot thickens and execution orders come from England, the film twists its comedy into something darker as the reasons for Ray and Ken's strange vacation become clear.As it happens, when performing a hit on a priest, the younger man accidentally killed an innocent child.Even within the webs of immorality in organized crime, such a deed is unforgivable and Ray must pay for the mistake with his life.What makes the scenario interesting isn't the jerk's desperation to survive but his willingness to stop living.You see, despite his callous appearance, Ray is a man drowning in guilt.

For all his comedic glory, it's when Farrell is tasked with portraying the hitman's internal conflict that he truly shines.In the aftermath of an interrupted suicide attempt, McDonagh lets both his actors tear themselves apart onscreen, Farrell crumbling while Gleeson tries to support him.在漫不经心的年轻男子突然出现为打破个人,他磨损他已经为自己仇恨的外化。他传达了一个人被活活吃掉,从内到外,内疚吸吮他的骨髓和感染他的心脏,直到什么都不剩但麻木掩盖由空心傻笑,一对夫妇愚笨的侮辱。只有感情,他觉得他的同事们,主要是肯,能够从好战抑郁的深渊拉他的。

柯林·法瑞尔获得了金球奖喜剧或音乐最佳男演员,并给自己买了一些非常当之无愧的一致好评。不过,即使有In Bruges得到一个剧本点头,演员曾在奥斯卡阵容变得相对机会不大。西恩·潘的Milk,米基·洛克的The Wrestler和弗兰克·兰杰拉的Frost/Nixon被锁进入提名的早晨。至于布拉德·皮特在The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,他从学院的的图片铺天盖地的爱中受益。理查德·詹金斯The Visitor在最危险的位置,由于无法确保地球点头,但他的工作的质量和演技社会各界的支持让他获得了提名。随着法雷尔,克林特·伊斯特伍德在Gran Torino和莱昂纳多迪卡普里奥Revolutionary Road是在2008年最佳男演员比赛中的第6可怕当场回可能的竞争者。

In Brugesis available to stream on HBO Now and HBO Go, Direct TV and the Cinemax Amazon Channel.You can also rent it from Amazon, Youtube and others.

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*克林特·伊斯特伍德, “Thunderbolt和莱特富特”(1974年)
*凯拉·奈特利, “赎罪”(2007年)
*大卫·奥伊罗, “塞尔玛”(2014)

May 11, 2020 | 未注册的批评家埃德


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May 11, 2020 | 未注册的批评家ScottC

@Scott C. - 我与你们同在,大约在法雷尔Fantastic Beasts。与约翰尼·德普接替他的是一个总的降级。这就是为什么第二部电影真的他妈的吸屁股。

May 12, 2020 | 未注册的批评家thevoid99


有趣的是,他是一个缪斯既马丁·麦克唐纳和尤格·蓝西莫了两部电影计算前他们从学院拥抱 - 好像现在这两个导演都在俱乐部,如果他们给法瑞尔任何接近肉香一个角色,因为他们有 in the past for their next features he could finally find himself nominated.

May 12, 2020 | 未注册的批评家邓肯戴克斯


May 12, 2020 | 未注册的批评家PP

邓肯戴克斯 - 这是一个敏锐的观察和相似之处是真正巨大的。







May 12, 2020 | 未注册的批评家偏执的Android


May 12, 2020 | 未注册的批评家偏执的Android

我从来没有见过一双眉毛行动如此努力s Colin's in this movie.

May 12, 2020 | 未注册的批评家James from Ames

I love Colin Farrell -- I was just talking about that over the weekend, when we watched THE GENTLEMEN.His career has been very fine, but should have been better.He gets better with age, frankly.Now that his shiny, 'why isn't he an a-list leading man' days are behind him, he gets deeper and more complicated.

And I love this movie.I should certainly revisit it and see if I still love it--after 3 Billboards the bloom may be off the rose--but I was just head over heels when I first saw it, albeit Ralph Fiennes seems too interested in imitating Ben Kingsley in SEXY BEAST.

May 12, 2020 | 未注册的批评家Deborah Lipp

claudio, thanks for shining light on this performance.ferrell turns in beautiful work here and absolutely should have beat one of those men to the oscar nomination.

farrell is a terrific actor (and hot AF) and hopefully will get the role one day that brings him more well-deserved awards.

May 12, 2020 | 未注册的批评家EricB

Yes for me The Lobster!also one of the nicest actors to work with !

May 12, 2020 | 未注册的批评家DO

The mystery is why Farrell did not become a bigger star- he has the looks and the talent

May 12, 2020 | 未注册的批评家Jaragon

Farrell's strength is definitely comedy with a tragic edge,Liked him before this film and always interested in him now plus he has kept his looks.

May 12, 2020 | 未注册的批评家markgordonuk

He's very good here, and I was totally surprised when he won the Globe for it.I then watched it, and not only has it become one of my favorite films, but it really changed my mind on him as an actor.

I also think Ralph Fiennes was robbed of a nomination.Although he was in the hunt with the Duchess that year, his performance here is spectacular and probably the funniest he has ever been (until Budapest).

May 12, 2020 | 未注册的批评家Joe G.

DO -- i met him at a party for Saving Mr Banks and I was really taken aback at how friendly he was.Not forced at all.Just genuinely nicee.

May 12, 2020 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

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