Seven Psychopaths (2012) Review

07Nov12

Last Friday I had passes to check out a pre-release screening of Red Dawn (2012) (imdb.com), but Loretta and I didn’t get to the theatre early enough and it filled up before we got inside. Not wanting to waste a trip to the theatre we decided to check out the much-anticipated¬†Seven Psychopaths (2012) (imdb.com).

Even though it wasn’t at all what I was expecting, I’m still really glad we saw it. We went into the movie expecting something closer to the lines of In Bruges (2008) (imdb.com) or Snatch (2000) (imdb.com). From the trailer it has that feeling of a high-octane heist/murder story that uses comedy to help the audience through the gritty parts and has a lot of intertwining stories.

If you haven’t seen it and were expecting that kind of film, I’m going to spoil it a bit and tell you that Seven Psychopaths is nothing like that. It does have adrenaline filled parts, but more than anything it’s a dark comedy along the lines of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) (imdb.com).

So what IS Seven Psychopaths all about?

Without giving too much away, the logline is this: A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster’s beloved Shih Tzu.

Basically, Marty, played by Colin Farrell (imdb.com), is writing a screenplay called “Seven Psychopaths” and the movie is all about where the inspiration for the screenplay comes from.

This film is the best dark comedy I’ve seen in a long time. The ensemble cast; which includes Sam Rockwell (imdb.com), Christopher Walken (imdb.com), and Woody Harrelson (imdb.com); hits the nail right on the head when it comes to portraying the crazy personas. What’s odd about the way this film was cast is that all of the major players have been in roles similar to these ones before; and that is in no way a bad thing.

Part of why I really enjoyed Seven Psychopaths is because of the way all of the various stories intertwined. Much like the way Snatch… or really any of Guy Ritchie’s (imdb.com) earlier films… or Crash (imdb.com) blend individual storylines and bring them all together at the end, Seven Psychopaths tells each “psychopaths” story and then brings them all together for the “final showdown.”

Martin McDonagh (imdb.com), who also wrote and directed In Bruges, has managed to put out a superb dark comedy that pulls together a stellar cast and all the gritty gore an audience can stand. The writing is funny, the action isn’t over-the-top, and the plot is fantastic. Everyone should check this one out at least once.

Seven Psychopaths is new enough that I don’t want to give anything away, so I’ll leave you with this quote that’s already up on IMDB:

Marty: That’s just fucking great! Oh great! Do you know what that is?
Hans: Yeah.
Marty: Do you know what that is?
Hans: Great.
Marty: That’s just fucking great!

Oh yea! And here’s the trailer for your perusal:

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