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BY Random-One lister
If your choice of movie is generally in the lines of Anna Karenina, Pride and Prejudice or any Rom Com then this movie is not... More for you. Not for the faint hearted.Hide
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BY adamatdramatrain superstar
Sam Rockwell's Billy is an LA lowlife who, along... More with old-timer Hans (the ever-wonderful Chris Walken) kidnaps rich people's dogs and then returns them to collect the reward from their grateful owners. Only Billy and Hans make the mistake of dog-napping the beloved pooch of sociopathic Charlie (Woody Harrelson at his over-the-top best) and - that's it. Some won't like the dark humour and the sudden mid-movie mood swing that wrenches a tragic twist in the tale, skewing the comedy into a desert-set existential road-movie, but personally? I loved it. But then I'm a sucker for bleak existential comedies - especially if they star Chris Walken, who frankly I'd enjoy watching read the telephone directory out loud whilst taking a crap. The guy oozes charisma and star quality. When one of Woody Harrelson's hoods demands that Walken put his hands up, Walken simply refuses. "No" he drawls "Why should I? I don't want to."
Mixed up in his friends dognapping scam is Colin Farrell's Marty, a screenwriter (um, 'Marty', like writer/director Marty McDonagh... geddit?) struggling to write a script. Early on in the movie Marty is asked by Billy how his screenplay for 'Seven Psychopaths' is coming. Marty replies: "Slow. I've got the title... just haven't been able to come up with all the psychopaths yet." When Billy asks just how many psycho's he's got, Marty tells him: "One. And he ain't really much of a psychopath. He's more of a... Buddhist...I'm sick of all these stereotypical Hollywood murderer scumbag type psychopath movies. I don't want it to be one more film about guys with guns in their hands. I want it, overall, to be about love - and peace. But it still has to be about these seven psychopaths, so this Buddhist psychopath, he doesn't believe in violence. I don't know what the fock he's going to do in the movie..."
And there's the movie in a nutshell. A comedic ensemble caper comedy that contemplates violence and movies, comically... not to mention violently. Violently comically. Um... yeah. It's a boys own caper, sort of 'Oceans 11' for hipsters - with an Uber-cool cast, featuring alongside Walken, Farrell, Rockwell, Harrelson the likes of Tom Waites as the rabbit-loving killer, Zachariah. Think Tarantino's 'Reservoir Dogs' with dialogue by Woody Allen, because McDonagh's script snaps crackles and pops with comedic dialogue. Remember Woody Allen's 'Play It Again Sam'? Hitting on a girl in an art gallery, Woody asks: "What are you doing Saturday night?" She replies bleakly: "Committing suicide." Quick as a flash, Woody responds: "What about Friday?" In 'Seven Psychopaths' when Zach tells Marty he's going to kill him Tuesday, Marty replies bleakly: "That's good, I'm not doing anything Tuesday."
So, if you're free Tuesday, or any other night, and fancy some meta-movie existential comedic violence, you should check out 'Seven Psychopaths.' The mix of comedy, drama, melancholy, violence and meditation doesn't always work and certainly isn't for all tastes, but if you like watching great actors having a ball with a script that dares to be different, then it's a heck of a lot of fun.Hide
BY freshdude superstar
SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS is an unpredictable, funny, occasionally faltering but regularly excellent piece of cinema.
Some may call it messy, all over the place ... I guess it is, and deliberately so, just as the protagonists themselves. It's weird and fun and sad and gross and clever and definitely very entertainig while being full of messages on a wide variety of subjects . Go see it, it's good.
BY RealityCheck superstar
Very british comedy by the guy that wrote and directed 'In Bruges', so this is similar to that of course. Think of 'Bandits', 'The Mexican', 'Get Shorty' with of splashs of 'Pulp Fiction' an 'Kalifornia'. The acting is superb by pure professionals which means if your not LOL then its emotional and your empathising with the characters. Really liked Rockwell, Walken an Farrell in this piece an I felt their characters work really well with their own personas. Funny, straight and... More kinda straight up life acting, even akward in parts.
Genre : action, comedy
4/5 : great well writen/directed film, you just have to watch the very end (little extra after couple credits), great stuff.Hide
BY KeefScorsese superstar
Featuring a stellar cast headed by Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, Woody Harrelson and the indelible pair of Harry Dean Stanton and Tom Waits, there's much to like on paper. However, the uneven keel of the plot kinda registered a "meh" reaction.
Farrell (who provides... More better performances as a character actor rather than a leading man) plays an Irish screenwriter who can only muster a title for his screenplay - 'Seven Psychopaths'. However, his writer's block is cured with absolute wild inspiration by his actor friend (Rockwell, who is consistently great and hilarious as ever). The pair's inspired outrageous schemes accompanied by Walken lead them into trouble with ruthless and mean-spirited gangster (played with the usual Harrelson shtick).
There have been notable comparisons between the work of Quentin Tarantino and McDonagh's work here which are valid. However, McDonagh falls short of making his material come alive together seamlessly, something which Tarantino has mastered with elegance and purpose.
There's no doubt McDonagh loves his characters given their shameless and somewhat likeable appeal. However, McDonagh provides a misguided hand with his meta-fiction approach to his storytelling which is reflective of Farrell's character and his writer's block. There's a feeling of "lets throw everything against the wall and see what sticks" which yes, allows for some great performances from the cast. But ultimately that is all there is to like.Hide