Irish filmmaker Martin McDonagh writes and directs this crime caper. Colin Farrell leads the cast as Marty, a struggling screenwriter who finds himself entangled with the least desirable elements of the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his best friend Billy Bickle (Sam Rockwell) carries out an ill-fated dognapping scheme, stealing a Shih Tzu belonging to sadistic criminal kingpin Charlie Costello (Woody Harrelson). Christopher Walken, Tom Waits and Abbie Cornish co-star.
I saw the trailer for this and had to buy it. Unfortunately it appears they put all the funny parts into the trailer and the movie disappointed. It is welll acted and it does have an ok script. I think it's meant to be over the top, it doesn't take itself seriously and that's a good thing. It's been a while since I watched it so I forget the names but Colin Farells best friend became seriously annoying after a while. You just sort of wonder why he's still friends with him because I certainly wouldn't be able to cope with the amount of irritation. That said, he has some brilliant scenes and it wouldn't be the same movie without him. Colin Farell and Christopher Walken play their roles to perfection. As does Woody Harrelson as the crime boss. The acting is superb and there's one over the top scene with an imagined movie shootout that's just awesome. It is was the annoying best friend that ruined the movie for me in the most part, but that's personal and probably won't affect everyone the same. I'm sure some people will love him. The best character is, in my opinion, Christopher's ex-Mormon(?) who has the exact right blend of quiet menace and dry humour. It is a good movie if you like darkly humoured films or are a fan of any of the stars.
I'm not really a fan of Colin Farrell, and as for Woody Harrelson, brilliant though he is, I don't think he's ever gonna top that opening scene in Natural Born Killers. But the film had Christopher Walken in as well and I've loved him ever since he literally exploded onto our screens in Scanners. Who am I kidding, this film has a great cast.
And all these great actors play their parts to the best of their considerable ability. The script and the direction too, were spot on, so I'm happy about that as well. Lovely it is from beginning to end. I particularly like the way it breaks down the fourth wall in true Brechtian tradition... only to have Tom Waits (also a brilliant Actor as well as an amazing songwriter) build it all back up again at the end. (Although to be honest, I sat through all seven minutes of credits at the end, hoping that Maggie came back for Zachariah).
It's disjointed in places. Sometimes Sam Rockwell's character is annoying (as Hans says at one point in the movie). But the imperfections just make the film look all the better.
Well, I loved In Bruges [Blu-ray] [Region Free] and I had high hopes for Seven Psychopaths, but it was an enormous let-down for me. This film had a very good cast, but they just didn't seem to have the same chemistry that In Bruges had between Ralph Fiennes, Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell. And I think the very good supporting cast also gave In Bruges a certain charm, which is entirely lacking in Seven Psychopaths. Both films are very brutal at times, but it seemed integral to the plot of In Bruges, whereas it all seemed rather pointless in Seven Psychopaths - and the humour in the latter was so obvious and banal; yeah, Shih Tzu sounds funny - get over it...
Seven Psychopaths tries hard to be witty and funny, but it totally missed the mark as far as I was concerned; maybe the humour works better for the typical American audience that this film seems aimed at, but I just didn't find it amusing at all and I usually manage to see the funny side of most things, even when others can't. If you're a fan of In Bruges then maybe lower your expectations before watching Seven Psychopaths - that way, if you like it then you'll feel good and if you don't like it then you won't be too disappointed...
Hilarious above and beyond movie. I love Colin Farrell in this movie. I am a huge fan of Sam Rockwell as well. However, at least in the DVD version (which I got) this image which I attach hereby, is missing. The scene is in the DVD version but not this frame. Not in the section of the cut bits, either or anywhere on the dvd for this matter. This frame/pic, with Colin Farrell putting his hand over Sam Rockwell mouth to shut him up in order to be able to carry out the conversion over the phone undisturbed (I am referring to the characters they are playing) is priceless. I am so sorry that it was not in the dvd.
saw the tail end of this one evening and thought excellent... so eventually bought the dvd and thought excellent this is cool movie. like it. and again another fine actor crops up in it - namely the above walken... a very dry and amusing man - in a psychotic kind of way... i fear psychopaths crop up for too many times in my life for this to be a coincidence.. real of imagined... but yeah... cheap location - just a desert and fine actors...worth the viewing..
Enjoyed more on the second viewing. A third and I'll pick up even more nuance. Solid cast. Humorous and a bit mad-cap. Bit of everything in it, such as Tarantino-esque gore,Thelma and Louise back-drops (great cinematography) - strange locations. Christopher Walken is fantastic in this and Woody plays a great character, as does Tom Waits. Decent purchase, for sure.
Why? I mean what's the point? What is the point of a film? This was an attempt at a clever storyline which mirrors itself but ends up getting wrapped up in itself and loses dynamism, tension, plot, and point. There are some nice performances and the actors tried really hard and gave it all. I kinda feel sorry for them because in the end the writer just did not produce. It needed to be more thought out and had a great preface but then did not materialse. Shame as I too loved 'The Guard' which was a class film.
Definitely different, but I enjoyed the twists and turns. Sad there were no females to make a better balance, but the acting was good and the set choices too. Much more accessible than the other Farrell oddball film The Lobster.