Martin McDonagh has the same sort of dark, yet whimsical sense of humor with which his film IN BRUGES, is rife. When I talked with him on January 30, 2008, the twisted way in which he examines morality was top of my list of thing I wanted to discuss, as well as the redefinition of masculinity, attention (or not) to details, and why Hieronymous Bosch is worth a special trip to see.
IN BRUGES a tale of principles, loyalty, and the broadening effect of travel. Brenden Gleeson and Colin Farrell star as Ken and Ray, two hitmen sent to lay low in the eponymous Belgian city after a hit involving a priest, but for reasons that are different than what they were first led to believe. While Ken succumbs to the quaint medieval charm, Ray is actively hostile to it, looking instead for a proper pub and a good-looking woman. He finds both, as well as a dwarf with issues, and an unexpected appreciation for Hieronymous Bosch. The film co-stars Ciaran Hinds, Ralph Fienes, and Zeljko Ivanek. McDonagh directed from his own script.