Posted on 1/21/13 04:33 PM
This British black comedy film written, co-produced and directed by Martin McDonagh stars Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Tom Waits, and Christopher Walken. When I saw the names of McDonagh and Farrell together, and knowing that their last project together, the 2008's "In Bruges" was one of my favourites, decision was easy to make - no way that I am missing it!
I am glad I decided that. The idea of telling us the events surrounding Marty Faranan (Colin Farrell), a struggling writer who dreams of finishing his screenplay, Seven Psychopaths, was refreshing. Delivered with love, well developed, full with surprises, told sometimes the most unusual way possible, I enjoyed following this story of Marty and his best friend, Billy Bickle (Sam Rockwell), an unemployed actor who makes a living by kidnapping dogs and collecting the owners' cash rewards for their safe return. This movie was full with adorably weird characters like Hans Kieslowski (Christopher Walken), a religious man with a cancer-stricken wife, or Charlie Costello (Woody Harrelson), an unpredictable and violent gangster who loves his shih tzu Bonnie... and many more!
Woody Harrelson replaced Mickey Rourke who originally dropped out of The Expendables 2 to star in this film, but he later dropped out of Seven Psychopaths after having disagreements with McDonagh, calling him a "jerk-off." Whatever happened Woody Harrelson was a perfect choice with his great dramatic elements and unique way of delivering comedy - he was out-and-out funny, but was turning sinister on a dime.
I am glad that the director played safe regarding the music score - it was composed by Carter Burwell, who previously composed the score to McDonaugh's "In Bruges", and it was a perfect fit.
This is NOT a master-piece of a movie... it is just enjoyable, funny, full with action film for everyone who loves seeing men as just overgrown boys played by an amazing cast.