Posted on 3/21/13 08:59 PM
I've never been fond of people who place recent films among the list of their favorites (proving their inability to treat films as something other than a fad), but I can't help myself when I say that Seven Psychopaths is one of the greatest comedies I have ever seen in my entire life. And this ranks up there with It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and Blazing Saddles, it's really that good.
The best way to describe Seven Psychopaths would be like if it was a Quentin Tarantino film that was actually passing itself as a comedy. The (massive amounts of) blood and gore of this film is clearly inspired by him, and it's used to great comedic and dramatic effect.
While many people expected Christopher Walken to (pardon the pun) walk away as the film's highlight after they saw that one scene in the trailers (you know the one), it's actually actor Sam Rockwell that takes the film by the reigns and drives it with full force. He is absolutely hysterical in this film, his character's insensitivity and idiocy being entertaining enough to carry the film all on his shoulders, even with the added efforts of co-stars Colin Farrell, Walken, and Woody Harrelson, who are all funny (and in some cases, very powerful) in their own right, which only heightens the scope and hilarity of the film.
You couldn't believe the shock I felt when Flight received a Best Screenplay nomination over this film, because other than Django Unchained and Argo, this was easily the best script of 2012. Along with the funny, likable, and memorable characters that Farrell, Rockwell, Walken, and Harrelson played, the film has fantastic jokes that will leave the audience hacking a lung in laughter to some very poignant scenes that are actually very powerful, including and especially Walken's final monologue at the end of the film. Not to forget the scene in which Sam Rockwell, firing all comedic cylinders, proposes his version of the ending the film which Farrell's character is writing. I laughed so hard in the theater that I fell out of my seat because I was literally doubled over. That scene in itself should have been nominated for an Oscar.
I tend not to exaggerate when I write my reviews, and I mean when I say that Seven Psychopaths is a pinnacle of comedic filmmaking. With a criminally underrated performance by Rockwell, a dazzling screenplay, and highly memorable characters, it's a film I can only hope will be seen as the cinematic achievement that I do.