People are doing traditional-style reviews all over the web, so we decided to try something different. In each “breakdown” we’ll take a look at what a film’s marketing led us to believe, how the movie actually played, and then what we learned from it all. Read on!
Director Martin McDonagh keeps himself tied to Colin Farrell and follows up In Bruges with what appears to be another twisted comedy.
Seven Psychopaths is near the top of my list of films seen this year. If there was ever a time to describe something as being cleverly crafted, it would be now. The movie feels like it was thought up in some guy’s basement and then enhanced with a string of “what if” scenarios, and yet it plays like one of the smartest things I’ve seen in a long while. I may never understand how Martin McDonagh was able to do this, and he probably wouldn’t tell me if I asked, so I’ll just go loving that he was able to even accomplish such a thing.
Aside from McDonagh, what makes Seven Psychopaths great is the cast. Sam Rockwell, Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, and Woody Harrelson are just fantastic every moment they’re on the screen. I wanted them to continue on interacting with each other forever. Also, Tom Waits is great in the small role that he has. I’d probably be up for watching a movie based solely on his character.
Martin McDonagh is on his way to being a highly sought-after filmmaker.