Taylor's Review of Seven Psychopaths
Seven Psychopaths is an interesting one. It's a comedy built around bizarre dialogue, self-referential commentary, and black humor. Sam Rockwell and Colin Farrell took up much of the screen time, and didn't find either of them particularly funny. The only guy I really got a laugh from was Christopher Walken. The stoners sitting next to me thought everyone was hilarious though, so maybe my sense of humor is off. If you find people being shot through the gut and burnt alive funny, you'll probably agree with the stoners more than you will with me.
I was most impressed by how strange the plot was, intertwining itself with the screenplay the main character, Marty, is writing in the movie in a really fresh and interesting way. I read someone say Seven Psychopaths petered out for the last 45 minutes, but I thought the crazy last half of the film was stronger than the first. Maybe I liked the desert shots.
The dialogue is what really pulled me out of the movie. Unless Walken or Harrelson were a part of them, conversations felt contrived rather than natural. I kept getting the feeling that whoever wrote the script was trying to pull off Tarantino, but kept missing the mark.
I gotta say, the ending was clean. I loved it. There's a particular psycho whose story is really eloquently tied up, and it forced me to dig up some respect for what I thought was an overall spoofy, exploitative movie. Well done. But I probably won't watch it again.