Top Movies to Get Excited For Traveling: #7 In Bruges

12. Wild America

11. Forrest Gump

10. Bourne Trilogy

9. Harry Potter

8. The Lord of the Rings

7. In Bruges

Keeping with the series of the top movies to get us stoked to travel, Justin and I thought of this movie that I have attached quite a bit of sentiment to. I remember Justin talking about In Bruges with some of our friends and I, having never heard of it, didn’t really care to see it. But when I finally sat down to watch it with the guys, I loved it. In Bruges is another one of those movies that has everything one could ask for. While it is heavier on the violent end of the spectrum, however, I would classify this movie as a dark dramatic comedy with violence, rather than a violent, bloody movie with some dark comedy and emotion tossed in.

This film makes the list because its entire theme revolves on the fact that the protagonists are tourists in a foreign city. Colin Farrell and Brendon Gleeson are two assassins told by their boss (Ralph Fiennes) to lay low in the Belgian city of Bruges. Bruges would be the American equivalent to Verado, Arizona. A small town that no one has ever heard of and is the perfect place to go for people to forget about you. Farrell’s character is thoroughly bored to death, while Gleeson is dedicated to his job and waiting it out until Fiennes calls to give them their next orders. Of course, In Bruges is full of more depth than in the tiny description I just gave, but my point is that it gets me in the mood to not only go to a place I’ve never been, but also to go to Europe and see all kinds of towns similar to Bruges. The only difference between the fellows in In Bruges and me and Justin, is that we won’t be hiding from authorities as wanted assassins.

Anyway, I strongly suggest giving In Bruges a look-see; it’ll be well worth it. It’s the first feature length screenplay written and directed by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh. The fact that he is a playwright as well, appeals to me and Justin, having been involved in theatre all throughout high school.

If you’ve seen In Bruges and think it’s awesome, or haven’t, but want to, let us know in the comments. We love to hear feedback!

3 Responses to “Top Movies to Get Excited For Traveling: #7 In Bruges”
  1. Given that Brendan and I share the same name as well as country, I am following his work with McDonagh. I thought the same about Bruge as you, though I have only made it to Brussels so far in that direction. One thing to remember about media and places to visit – some of the data can be out of date. The number of gentlemen touring europe in the mid ’40s forced remarkable change on places. Take for example Caen and Bordeaux. Beautiful Caen is now a wonder of 50s concrete while Bordeaux is still pristine in its historic grandeur. Repeated tank battles had something to do with Caen missing more than a few teeth. The Guard (McDonaghs most recent) is somewhat accurate in its representation of rural Galway (down to the Gaelteacht), but I think less so of crime and visiting americans. Don did his best, I am sure, but it is hard to avoid some stereotypes when painting a broad canvas. Thanks for the post, nice to be reminded of that film, havn’t seen it in a while.

  2. McDonagh is fantastic! And it makes since because mass tourism really is more of a modern phenomena … glad we could remind you of this film; one of our favorites!

  3. I definitely agree that it is more of a dark comedy with violence than the other way around. It’s a tough movie, as you said, but it certainly gets you in the traveling spirit.

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