Thanks to Hopscotch Films, we had the chance to see Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths before its Australian cinematic release. This is our review of the film – but as usual – no matter what we say; we recommend that you still go to your local cinema and see the film because: There is no better critic than yourself!
Seven Psychopaths is a black comedy with a smidgen of violence sure to entertain you as the film follows Marty (Colin Farrel), a cowardly, alcoholic screenwriter struggling with writers block, who finds himself entangled in his best friend Billy (Sam Rockwell) and his co-conspirator Hans (Christopher Walken) dognapping business that has suddenly turned sour when they pinch a pooch from a deranged, notorious crime lord Charlie (Woody Harrelson), who is a little too attached to his dog Bonny. These horrible circumstances are somewhat fortunate for Marty as he is thrust into a world he is trying to write about.
There are certainly some great characters and stories created here, with twists and turns amidst the tragedy and farce that seem to mock all those bad and cliched cinematic styles still alive and well in slasher type movies. But the originality and wittiness is a bit lacking at times, it is hard to pin point how, but it may have something to do with the excessiveness of telling a story about storytelling. It seems to have no purpose or warmth. I’d much rather want to watch a story about the “Seven Psychopaths ” without a struggling writer trying to write them and point out cliches. Having said that, Farrel’s character is bland and Rockwell’s a bit obvious, but Tom Waits, Christopher Walken and even Woody Harrelson’s characters are gold mines!
This film is Martin McDonagh’s second feature film following the hilarious black and bloody comedy In Bruges. Similar in style, Seven Psychopaths is by no means as good as In Bruges, but there are quite a few hilarious lines and the characters are really interesting. Overall it is an entertaining film that will lighten up your mood, with a great wet t-shirt scene for those into the ladies!
Seven Psychopaths opens in Australia on November 8, 2012