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These two films will forever be compared thanks to being made by the McDonagh brothers (Martin directed In Bruge in 2008, John Michael made The Guard 3 years later) & the lead performances from Brendan Gleeson which are brilliant in both films. In my opinion though In Bruges is such a better film, although I really enjoyed The Guard - the darker, better plotted & less Father Ted-like comedy in the latter film just hits the spot every time for me. Slanj!
THE WORLD DEMANDS MORE MCDONAGH!
The Guard is pretty funny; but that's all it is. And it's almost too silly at times. In Bruges works very well as a comedy and a drama.
In Bruges mainly because The Guard just feels like a smaller film. It's clever and fun and hilarious, but I just didn't feel as invested in the characters as I did with In Bruges.
IF ANYONE IN THE MACDONAGH FAMILY WERE TO FISH THROUGH A BOWL OF ALPHABET SOUP WHILE BLINDFOLDED, THEY WOULD COME OUT WITH SHAKESPEARE.
Both are utterly hilarious, but I'd go as far to call In Bruges a masterpiece.