August 2008 Movies

August 1st, 2008 Film, Film Reviews, Penthouse

In Bruges

It sounds like a Monty Python sketch — two hitmen (Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson) on sabbatical in a picturesque Belgian town awaiting instructions from their scary boss (Ralph Fiennes), seeing the sights, falling in love with a pretty drug dealer and crossing paths with a hard partying midget actor.

Bloody, violent, profane, funny, touching and sad all at once, In Bruges throws everything into the cinematic blender and the result is just on the good side of messy. Some of the comic beats are mistimed and sometimes the movie isn’t sure enough whether it’s a comedy or a violent thriller, but Fiennes, Farrell and Gleeson all inhabit distinctive characters and elicit as many laughs as gasps.

Any film that combines the crushing, unremitting regret of accidentally killing a little kid with a line like ‘you can’t give horse tranquilisers to a midget!’ is going to have a lot to offer, and In Bruges gives it all in a way you haven’t seen in ages.

Harold and Kumar; Escape From Guantanamo Bay

Picking up the day after the events of the first film, we learn that Harold and Kumar have a European trip planned. Of course the bong Kumar sneaks onto the plane makes it all go wrong, and the boys embark on another crazy journey to try and reach their goal with the fearsome US authorities on their tails.

Along the way they’ll infiltrate a Ku Klux Klan rally, enjoy a pants-free party, smoke dope with George W Bush and almost get their first cockmeat sandwich at the titular terrorist prison.

Neil Patrick (Doogie Howser) Harris again shows up to steal the show and if you turn your inner critic off, you’ll enjoy the profanity, schoolboy humour and nudity as Harold and Kumar stumble from one episodic, scene-long joke to another in search of a plausible plot.

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