Seven Psychopaths (2012) Movie Review [9.6/10 - Awesome]
Review by Film.com
“Seven Psychopaths” is a treat, blending clever quips with a quirky, self-aware plot device to form a delightful entertainment stew. This violent and alternately hilarious caper is part “Adaptation,” part “The Big Lebowski” – and in the best possible ways. There are rare moments you feel as though a piece of cinema was made only for you, so if you’re a lover of quick dialogue and madcap situations, you’ll likely feel this one came with a bow attached.
Marty (Colin Farrell) is a struggling screenwriter in Los Angeles (as if there’s another kind). He’s working on a project that has an absolutely killer name, “Seven Psychopaths.” Unfortunately, right after the title, he’s become hopelessly stuck on where the plot should go. He doesn’t want it to be too violent, so he’s planning a Buddhist psychopath, and he’s considering just making the third act a couple of friends talking around a campfire. His best pal Billy (Sam Rockwell) considers it his duty to get Marty writing again, and he’s extremely concerned with the peaceful direction the plot is headed.
Did I mention that Billy and his pal Hans (Christopher Walken) have a lucrative side business involving dog-napping? Well, sure, why wouldn’t they? These canine robbers simply grab a pooch and wait for the reward sign to be posted.
Review by THR
TORONTO – Say what you will about Martin McDonagh, the Irish playwright-turned-screenwriter-director. It’s true he might have lingered too long at the vintage Quentin Tarantino party celebrating outlandish hyper-violence and obsessive pop-cultural awareness. But the guy writes killer dialogue and spiky characters, throwing them together in amusingly baroque ways. He also attracts first-rate talent, which means that while it’s way behind the Pulp Fiction curve, Seven Psychopaths can be terrifically entertaining.
McDonagh’s second feature isn’t as tightly plotted or as distinctive in its setting as his 2008 debut In Bruges, nor is it as thematically expansive or propelled by sheer storytelling brio as his best plays, among them The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Cripple of Inishmaan and The Pillowman. But what saves it from being merely a show-offy wheel-spinning exercise is the film’s possibly candid acknowledgement of the woes of writer’s block and the challenges of reinventing the crime genre, even in this meta age.
Review by Timesnews.net
The writer-director of “In Bruges,” the playwright turned filmmaker Martin McDonagh, sells out and makes his first Hollywood film, “Seven Psychopaths” a commentary on selling out. Well, that and Hollywood’s obsession with psychopaths. And his own. True to title, it’s about seven psychopaths and a screenwriter named Martin writing a movie about them.
But as a possibly psychopathic character tells the writer (Colin Farrell), “YOU’RE the one so fascinated by psychopaths. After a while they get tiresome, don’t you think?”