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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best films I've ever seen!, 28 Mar. 2013
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This review is from: Seven Psychopaths [DVD] (DVD)
From In Bruges writer/director Martin McDonagh, comes another brilliant movie. A story, this time about a screenwriter (also called Martin) stuck on a film script for which he just has a title and one character. In his desperation for inspiration he starts to use some of the ideas from his low-life actor/dog-napper friend Billy. This relationship develops, as Martin continues to fail to get his own ideas, and Billy becomes more desperate to help, we join them on a trip where life imitates art, art imitates life, and so on, until the boundaries between the 2 are satisfyingly lost.

This is not the first film about writers block, nor the first about meta-fiction, but it's just as good as anything I've seen, if not better. The cast is fantastic, the dialogue is great, and, I laughed till it hurt. The parts seem to be bespoke for the actors, with a lot of parody aimed at the players, McDonagh himself, and not least, Hollywood. The standard gangster film is dissected, prodded and probed, then reconstructed into an hilarious, loveable caricature.

I'm a huge fan of Tarrantino, the Coens, and Charlie Kauffman, this guy McDonagh rocks up and nonchalantly walks through their turf. I'm pretty territorial when people offer pale imitations of these demi-god directors but, this guy belongs here. I'm happy to say there seems to be another director on whom I can rely not to follow the standard model but instead serve up something a lot more intriguing and original.
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Initial post: 9 May 2013 11:54:09 BDT
The Truth says:
Hmmm. This feels very much like a shill review. I wonder how exactly you're involved with this mess of a film...

In reply to an earlier post on 17 May 2013 00:52:27 BDT
a customer says:
Explain shill please ? This is a great film.

Posted on 1 Sep 2013 17:46:22 BDT
Fraz says:
One of the best films you have ever seen? You cant have seen many.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Nov 2013 12:24:51 GMT
I abhor the arrogant assumption that just because someone's opinion of 'best' varies from yours, they can't have seen many films. I watch an embarrassingly high amount of films and TV, all sorts, and love a huge variety - just because critics, the public or Joe Bloggs tell me a film is the best, it doesn't immediately make it the best to me; everyone is different, everyone has different tastes. Stop being judgemental and condescending. Art - which cinema falls under - is subjective.

I LOVED this film, and it rocketed immediately in to my top 20, and that list includes everything from Noel Coward classics, Walt Disney, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves and a horror channel trash fest named Grim Weekend.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Nov 2013 20:18:10 GMT
Fraz says:
[Customers don't think this post adds to the discussion. Show post anyway. Show all unhelpful posts.]
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