Today’s film talk is about the 2012 movie Seven Psychopaths. Written and directed by Martin McDonagh and starring Collin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken and Woody Harrelson. With such a stellar cast you would think you would have heard of this movie but my guess is that you haven’t. Am I right?
Don’t worry, I don’t blame you. I was lucky and one day when I was browsing the video shop – remember those? – I came across it, read the word psychopath and just knew it was the movie for me.
I was right. A twisted dark comedy/crime filled with witty dialogue and ridiculously over-the-top, this movie is a true gem. Why it didn’t get the recognition or media attention is beyond me.
The movie follows a struggling, alcoholic screenwriter (Colin Farrell) who is attempting to right a script about Seven Psychopaths. He inadvertently gets caught up with the Los Angeles criminal underworld of psychopaths after his best friend (Sam Rockwell) and his ‘business partner’ (Christopher Walken) kidnap a gangsters (Woody Harrelson) Shih Tzu.
Honestly there are so many great things about this movie. The fact that Christopher Walken’s character is a psychopath but he’s a non violent psycho, the fact that the whole reason Colin Farrell’s characters world falls apart is because his best friend steals a Shih Tzu or the fact the Los Angeles biggest psychopath is obsessed and cries over his beloved said Shih Tzu.
The screenplay is beautifully written. Very witty and with enough twists and turns that make us as the audience think ‘huh?’ only to bring it all back with a ridiculously funny story or action sequence.
The beauty of this script, and the way the movie was filmed, is that real life and the movie Collin’s character is trying to write gets intertwined so there are moments where you start to wonder is this a movie within a movie, are we reading his script or is this real life?
The whole movie has an indie vibe about it but I would throw touches of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez style in there. A few over-the-top action sequences and over-the-top sequence of events that just works so well to make a very enjoyable film.
It’s so hard to explain this movie but I hope I did it justice and have made you want to go and watch it right now!
Let’s start a discussion in the comments. Had you heard of the movie? Have you seen it yet? What are your thoughts or observations if you have?