Movie Review-Seven Psychopaths


Martin McDonagh and Colin Farrell seem to have this good chemistry, the director and star created magic in 2008 with the little sleeper In Bruges, and now they are back in a film that could be called the “Pulp Fiction” of 2012. One thing is for sure, they have the title right for this film. I am not sure how these people found each other but they sure belong with each other in some form or fashion. From the get go of this story, you get the feeling it is a movie inside of a movie. Colin plays Marty who is writer and his story is called surprisingly enough Seven Psychopaths. Most of this film you are not sure if it is really happening or a part of Marty’s alcoholic imagination, and that is the beauty of this film. Martin McDonagh mixes the action and blood with a lot of dark humor, that when you are not amazed at how bloody and violent this film is, it then injects dark humor that makes you laugh at it all.

The opening sequence of this film has what appears at first to be two professional hit men having this conversation, that no one would ever have in a place that is pretty wide open for anyone to come walking up or listen on. You get the feeling that as the talk goes on they are not as professional as you first thought. And then when a man in a mask just goes up so easily and wacks both of them, you know to get ready for the ride this film is going to take you on. This film gives you plenty of moments to think does this stuff really happen, and basically lets you figure it out for yourself. Marty has a drinking problem that all thru the film is addressed, and on top of that he has a friend named Billy Bickle, whose name seems to be the same name of a certain hero in a certain Scorsese film; he is out to help Marty with his writers block. Part of the help is Billy helping him write a screenplay for this Seven Psychopaths story he is writing.

The film goes from one extreme to another, when Billy puts a personal ad for Marty in the LA Weekly for volunteers for the Seven Psychopaths story, and one of the possible interviewees is Tom Waits who plays a serial killer who kills other serial killers. So on top of all this craziness there is a serial killer called Jack of Diamonds, who kills people and leaves the jack of diamonds card on their bodies. If you think you got this film figured out, there is also Billy’s friend Hans, played by Christopher Walken. These two have this scheme where they kidnap pets of people who are rich, and then return them for money. Well, this scheme goes wrong when they kidnap Bonny who is the beloved Shih Tzu of a mobster named Charlie played by the over the top hilarious Woody Harrelson.

While the whole cast leans heavily towards self-parody and strangeness, this film is so well written and unpredictable that you cannot look away from this film. The comparisons to Pulp Fiction are pretty accurate, and what that film did for Travolta, this film should have done for Colin. The film’s climax takes place in the desert hills, that comes across like a b movie western and all comes down to who can trust who. For me, as much as I loved In Bruges, I really think this is such a better outing and it seems that both director and star are comfortable with each other. This film is not worth a rental, it is worth making a purchase.

9 out of 10