Seven Psychopaths: Review

22 Oct

On Tuesday night at about 9pm, I decided it was a good idea to go to the 10:30pm show of Seven Psychopaths despite having to be at work for 8am. The movie follows Marty (Colin Farrell), a struggling screenwriter with a drinking problem who gets caught up in his friend Billy’s (Sam Rockwell) dog kidnapping business. Billy steals the wrong shih tzu and it forces him, Marty and his partner, Hans (Christopher Walken), on the run from the shih tzu’s owner, a psychotic mob boss (Woody Harrelson).

When I first saw ads and trailers for Seven Psychopaths, I wasn’t too impressed. That’s not to say the trailers weren’t funny, but I suspected that whoever cut the trailers put all the best clips in them. When I go into a movie expecting it to be crappy, it’s always a pleasant surprise when it turns out to be decent or have interesting elements. Seven Psychopaths isn’t just decent, it’s pretty awesome.

The casting is amazing. This is Farrell’s second film with director Martin McDonagh and I hope the pair continue to work together. This is one of Farrell’s better roles since his first project with McDonaugh – 2008’s In Bruges.  Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken provide the majority of the comic relief and their character’s actions keep you guessing how the movie will turn out.

What I really love about Seven Psychopaths is the interconnected narrative – think Love, Actually times 10. I don’t want to give too much away, but there are a few surprises throughout the movie. All I can really say is Seven Psychopaths is a unique action/drama/comedy that’s definitely worth seeing!

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