I head to the theater with hopes I wasn’t throwing away money at a terrible film. I can safely say that Seven Psychopaths, directed by Martin McDonagh, is worth repeated viewings. The story and characters never lost my interest and judging by the repeated, and loud, reactions from the audience, the movie didn’t lose their interest either. Marty (Colin Farrell), an alcoholic writer struggling with creating his next screenplay titled Seven Psychopaths, is thrown into the world of depraved L.A. gangsters and lovable psychotics thanks to the help of his best friend Billy (Sam Rockwell).
Both Billy along with his business partner Hans (Christopher Walken) are in the business of stealing rich people’s dogs, waiting for the owner to offer up the reward money, and then returning the dog and earning some money along the way; sometimes, as the movie shows, they don’t make any money when they return the dogs, keeping a sense of reality to the whole dog kidnapping business. That’s until they steal a Shih Tzu from Charlie (Woody Harrelson), a notorious and insane gangster who will kill anyone and do anything to get his dog back. Their plan then is to hide out in the desert which gives the audience time to breathe and take in the full scope of their situation; it is a nice change from drool-inducing shootouts that carry out for far too long.
Throughout the course of the film I couldn’t help but compare certain elements in the movie that related back to movies such as Tropic Thunder and Pulp Fiction, but it doesn’t rip off or make half-baked jokes to the point of nausea and uncontrollable rage. Seven Psychopaths keeps its own identity and is unpredictable from beginning to end. The characters are hilarious and frightening, keeping me at the edge of my seat.
The ending will not disappoint those who are tired of the same old routine where the good guy lives and the bad guy dies. In fact, the movie ends almost on this comedic yet somber note, keeping its realism of what Marty has to deal with, other than just his alcoholism, after all these events have transpired. Seven Psychopaths is packed with dark comedy that isn’t too grim, and twists that don’t get old anytime soon.
I give Seven Psychopaths: 5/5
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