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.
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.