‘Seven Psychopaths’ is insanely entertaining
Published: Monday, October 22, 2012
Updated: Monday, October 22, 2012 18:10
There is never a dull moment in this R-rated comedy written, directed and produced Martin McDonaghs. “Seven Psychopaths” takes viewers through the twisted adventure of the Los Angeles. screenplay writer Marty (Colin Farrell, “Total Recall”) who is often found with a bottle of beer or brandy in hand or pocket, and his two unconventional friends, Billy (Sam Rockwell, “Cowboys and Aliens”) and Hans (Christopher Walken, “Pulp Fiction”) who are in the “dog-borrowing business.”
While Marty is struggling to come up with a story to go with his screenplay’s title, “Seven Psychopaths,” his friends end up stealing the wrong man’s shih-tzu. The three men soon find themselves under the pursuit of the murderous and, in accordance with the movies theme, psychopathic, small dog owner Charlie (Woody Harrelson, “Zombieland”).
While in the pursuit of Charlie, Marty, Hans and Billy develop a unique friendship offering support to one another from relationship advice to assisting in the harboring of a stolen dog, The three also form a group effort in order to help Marty write his screenplay.
Friendship aside, “Seven Psychopaths” is not a movie for the faint of heart, or stomach. With over 25 vividly portrayed murders spread throughout the movie it becomes reminiscent of Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglorious Bastards” string of nonchalant murders.
But aside from colorful killings, this film offers viewers an attention-grabbing storyline that often takes them from unconventional comedy and delves into emotion-filled scenes, giving some of the characters a much needed emotional spark, such as Hans visiting his wife in the cancer ward, talking about whether or not there is a heaven and a hell.
Of course, the movie would be nothing if the psychopaths were all emotionally in touch. Thankfully McDonaghs’ seven psychopaths are just that, psychopaths. From valuing the life of a shih-tzu named Bonnie more than the life of your own girlfriend’s to calling the kidnapped dog “my Patty Hearst,” referring to the millionaire heiress who got Stockholm Syndrome when she was kidnapped in the 70s, these different psychopaths are just as batty, hilarious and often times more whimsical than the last.
“Seven Psychopaths” was a movie that was laugh-out-loud funny one moment and emotionally deep the next. The plot line was easy to follow, which is a pleasant surprise. McDonaghs was capable of keeping all of the psychopaths, scenes and stories both in order and memorable enough for the viewer to be able to easily identify each psychopath, along with being able to recall small details from one scene and connect it to the next. This is a great movie for those that love comedy, drama and a good psychopath.
”Seven Psychopaths” receives 4 out of 5 stars