Seven Psychopaths (2012) Movie Review

Seven Psychopaths
  • Plot: 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. Written by Anonymous
  • Director: Martin McDonagh
  • Country:UK
  • Actors:
    Michael Pitt
    Michael Stuhlbarg
    Sam Rockwell
    Colin Farrell
    Abbie Cornish
    Christopher Walken
    Blonde Lady
    Helena Mattsson
    Man in Hat
    Harry Dean Stanton
    James Hébert
    Christopher Gehrman
  • Writers:
    Martin McDonagh
  • Producers:
    Graham Broadbent
    Peter Czernin
    Betsy Danbury
    Sarah Harvey
    Martin McDonagh
    Tessa Ross
    executive producer  

Review (Might Contain Spoilers)

Seven Psychopaths is a tongue-in-cheek comedy which takes heavy inspiration from Resivior Dogs, Pulp Fiction to In Bruges (ironically directed by same director). Initially it comes of as a knock-off but as the movie progresses you see the genius behind the story and lots of comical references that make this an interesting movie. The multi-faceted star studded cast of characters also helps the movie with each bringing something unique to the table. So if you like over the top situations with fast dialogues with sarcastic edge, this movie is for you.

Marty (Colin Farrell) is a screenwriter with struggling career and alcohol problems to start with who comes up with a idea of seven psychopaths for his new screenplay but his character is non-violent and wants this screenplay to be about peace and harmony. Meet his best friend, Billy Bickle (Sam Rockwell), who want Marty to finish the screenplay and secretly wants to co-write with him. Billy’s and Marty’s approach at the story are different with Billy going with very violent psychopathic approach as oppose to Marty’s peaceful stories. He thoroughly hates Marty girlfriend (Abbie Cornish). He is always inspiring Marty and comes up with psychopaths for Marty’s screenplay namely current LA serial killer Jack O’Diamonds and a Quaker who is on mission of revenge. He is also an actor and part-time dog napper with help of Hans (Christopher Walken). Their worlds collide when Billy kidnaps a Shitzu which belongs to Charlie (Woody Harrelson), a violent psychopathic gangster who will spare no one until he finds his beloved shitzu, the only thing he loves the most in this world.

As Billy and Hans pull Marty into the shit storm, we see flashes of other Psychopaths from Viet Cong Buddhist psychopath to Serial Killer killer psychopathic couple giving more inputs to Marty’s screenplay. They go on the run with the shitzu in the desert where Billy expecting a grand finale which as bit as anti-climatic from what Billy expected. I am not going to divulge into more information about the seven psychopaths showing the movie as it would give out all the fun and drain out all the interest from the movie. To say that it is this movies greatest strength is an understatement.

Colin Farrell who is no stranger to comedy shines again, so does Sam Rockwell. The giants Woody Harrelson and one and only Christopher Walken prove why they are still the heavy weights today. One other thing I would like to say is how minor the female roles are in this movie, be it Abbie Cornish, Olga Kurylenko or Gabourey Sidibe with Christine Marzano nude briefly. This movie also has an amazing sub-plot involving Tom Waits which is unque to say the least.

To sum it up, this sophomore directorial by Martin McDonagh though not as great as his first (In Bruges) keeps you interested with series of scenarios sewn together to tell amazing story with characters that will make an lasting impression, a slick little joyride so to say.

My review for this movie: Mix of  Fun, Action, Gore and Tasteful Characters with a Psychopathic Twist!

Rating: 7.5/10




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