The seemingly normal one. The non-violent one. The best friend and dog kidnapper. The dude with the bunny. Everyone has a psycho inside them, but these are just four of the seven disturbed people portrayed in Martin McDonagh’s new action/comedy, Seven Psychopaths. If you’ve seen the trailer for the film but haven’t had the chance to catch it yet, I’ll keep it real with you and say that there were plenty of positives, but it isn’t for everybody.
The cast of this movie, mainly male-dominated, is the strongest point that it has to offer. Marty (Colin Farrell) is a screenwriter caught in the unfortunate battle between going through a writing slump and alcoholism. Billy (Sam Rockwell) is Marty’s best friend and confidant, who is constantly trying to be a part of the new movie, Seven Psychopaths, he is in the process of producing a story for. Aside from his friendship duties, Billy’s day job consists of “kidnapping” dogs from their owners and returning them days later in order to receive rewards with his partner in crime, Hans (Christopher Walken). The beginning starts out very slow and almost leaves you wondering if there’s going to be a point. However, after getting a feel for Marty, Billy and Hans’ characters, the main plot is pushed forth.
After a falling out with his girlfriend, Kaya (Abbie Cornish), Marty ends up spending the night at Billy’s and wakes up to a shih tzu, only to find out that Billy’s taken L.A. gangster Charlie’s (Woody Harrelson) dearest pup. Although the main plot is kind of cloudy on whether Marty’s movie or the kidnapped dog is the primary focus, it is the dog. This is one of the biggest bones I have to pick with the movie and feel like clarification is completely necessary.
Despite the fact that Billy and Hans snag the wrong dog and have to deal with the consequences is the main story of Seven Psychopaths, the purpose is to take Marty and his friends on an adventure to inspire the characters for his movie. Much of the dry, yet very thoughtful humor that takes place on this roller coaster is meant to be parodistic to the extent where many of the jokes and action sequences are supposed to poke at and mock the typical “run and gun” shooter movie; think Smokin’ Aces.
The cast and script is fantastic. Colin Farrell plays a great “normal” person dealing with a bunch of lunatics while being in denial about his constant drinking problem throughout. His character is essential to the story in order to draw out the real sides of both Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell’s characters. Now, Walken has a reputation for his unmatched voice and flawless delivery, but McDonagh had to have written Hans’ part specifically for him because it fits that perfectly. Most people will recognize Rockwell as the obnoxious Justin Hammer from Iron Man 2, in which he plays a solid antagonist, but his role is flipped in this movie as he easily takes the cake on not only funniest actor, but most relatable.
If you like dry humor and a movie that takes pride in making fun of the average hailstorm of bullets action film, then I recommend this very highly because of the amount of potential it has. If you get bored easily and need a movie that lays itself out on the table and spells everything out, you might want to skip it. Seven Psychopaths packs a wicked arsenal of laughs, an all-star cast, and a “final shootout” that’s to die for. Seven out of 10.