Notable Cast: Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, Woody Harrelson, Tom Waits, Harry Dean Stanton
I still stand firmly behind my stance that McDonagh's "In Bruges" is one of the best comedies I have ever seen, blending the long time play writer's quirky violent humor with introspective character work into a charming and often unnerving display to craft a magnificent film debut. In all honesty, I expected McDonagh to play a little safer with his second film effort and cater a bit more towards the quirk and less towards the introspective. From the trailers I repeatedly watched about "Seven Psychopaths" with its odd dog napping schemes and off kilter characters/cast I very much felt that he did.
I should have known better.
Marty (Farrell) has desperately been looking for inspiration and focus to finish his upcoming screenplay "Seven Psychopaths." Even his best friend Billy (Rockwell) wants to help even though he's been busy with his partner Hans (Walken) with their dog-napping business venture. When Billy accidentally steals a very special dog from a very psychopathic mobster (Harrelson), all three of these friends are going to have to make some decisions about their futures or they may not have any at all.
I say I should have known better because "Seven Psychopaths" is about as off the wall quirky with its narrative as its gets. Yes the synopsis I just wrote is the basics of what sets the film into motion (and what we saw in the trailers), but it is only one tiny facet of what really makes this film tick. And it ticks into some very unusual and often dividing territory for your average film goer.
|Would you trust a man in a bear ski hat? Would you?|
As for the actual on screen work and not conceptional ideas, "Seven Psychopaths" is damn near perfect. The casting is only top notch with Rockwell, Harrelson, and Walken giving some career defining performances that really embrace each of their abilities and quirks as actors. Only Farrell seems a bit underused as his character - intentionally so - is used as a narrator and subdued watcher outside of these ridiculous characters and their collision courses with one another. And McDonagh certainly works the leaping meta angel to its fullest visual advantage taking careful time to really build this "movie within a movie" idea to new lengths. The mini-psycho-films are almost as good as the film they reside in with their own intriguing (and sometimes changing) characters who violently battle through their issues in an almost Tarantino style way. The one thing that "Seven Pyschopaths" does quite well is the flow of the film as it gracefully moves through its many different layers.
|I learned that an innate trait of writers is alcoholism. I better get on that.|
Written By Matt Reifschneider