Seven Psychopaths Reviews
Round and round the mulberry bush then with this uber- black comedy from the same writer/director from In Bruges. It lacks the same punch, yet still is worthy of your time.
The heavily self referential plot concerns an alcoholic Irish screenwriter struggling through writer's block named Marty. His latest effort, "Seven Psychopaths" isn't even past the first page. His best friend Billy is an out of work actor who spends most of his time involved with a dog-napping scam with his buddy Hans who is quite religious, but also has a violent past. Billy tries his hardest to give Marty inspiration, but when he and Hans capture the beloved dog of crime boss Charlie, Marty finds himself caught up in their mess. While it could be a dire thing, it might also be just the inspiration he's been needing.
The film is essentially sort of about itself, and it shares a lot in common with stuff like Barton Fink, but especially Adaptation. However, this doesn't have the brilliance of either of those two, and is mostly a muddled and incoherent darkly comedic romp that satirizes mob movie/psycho thriller conventions.
It is very entertaining, and I dug the pitch black humor, but I also found it hard to really get deeply invested. It's as if McDonagh had a good idea, but then didn't really know what to do with it.
What saves the film, ultimately are the over-the-top violence, and the solid performances from a very well-known ensemble cast. I mean, we get Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, and Woody Harrelson in all the major roles, as well as appearances from Abbie Cornish, Tom Waits, Olga Kurylenko, Gabourey Sidibe, Kevin Corrigan, and Harry Dean Stanton.
The film is a mess, but it's fun while it lasts, even if it really doesn't add up to much.
Good movie! This script for this film is very original. There are a lot of twists in this movie plot-wise and genre-wise making it a fantastic, unpredictable adventure. Many would think that a movie that jumps around through different genres would be a bad thing, but this movie is so fluid and every plot point connects so well, that you aren't bothered in the slightest about deciding what the genre is of this film. A film with the title Seven Psychopaths promises intense violence and you will get that, but not just that. This is not a mindless movie that uses just blood as entertainment. This is a smart movie that has plot and meaning. Yes, it's violent but there is also drama and a surprising amount of comedy. All of the characters have a certain wit to them, delivering lines that are beyond hilarious. If you enjoy creative writing, talented acting, and movies that are all-around completely original, then I encourage you to see this movie.
The comedy Seven Psychopaths follows a struggling screenwriter ('Colin Farrell' ) who inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends (Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell) kidnap a gangster's (Woody Harrelson) beloved Shih Tzu.
"They Won't Take Any Shih Tzu."
This was a movie that I didn't really have an idea of going in. I didn't know if I would like it or hate it based on the trailer. It seemed like it could be smart, funny, and entertaining, but it also seemed like it could be a disappointment. Well it's anything but a disappointment. It was everything I could have possibly wanted. Seven Psychopaths is funny, it's entertaining, and it's surprisingly fresh. It's well acted, deviates from what you'd expect, and has a variety of interesting and unique characters.
A screenwriter is trying to write a movie called Seven Psychopaths, but he doesn't want it to be violent. He's sort of a pacifist, which isn't too great because he begins to notice that his life is being surrounded by psychopaths. It will help in writing the movie though, right? A friend of his kidnaps a gangsters dog and soon the gangster is after them. I don't want to give too many plot details away so I'll just stop there.
Sam Rockwell's character is enough to sell this movie by himself. It's one of the more unique, interesting, and funny characters I've seen in quite a long time. It helps that Woody Harrelson, Collin Farrell, and Christopher Walken's characters are also nearly perfect. This movie is definitely a character movie and with these talented actors and the great writing it all works so perfectly together.
This isn't a movie like any you would expect, and for that I love it. I also love it for its use of making fun of Hollywood in ways. This is definitely a must see for film fans as it's something new and exciting in the world of the crime movie. So many times we end up watching the same movie over and over again with different characters, and a writer that thinks he's doing something original. With Seven Psychopaths, that promise was finally met.