I really wanted to see this movie because I love Christopher Walken, I love Sam Rockwell and I really enjoyed In Bruges,also directed by Martin McDonagh. Also, the poster and trailer made the movie look like a more well-written and current Snatch (which I was into). It turns out this is a film about filmmaking and storytelling.
We’re introduced to a Hollywood screenwriter (Colin Farrell) trying to figure out what his next film will be about. He has the title, Seven Psychopaths, but he doesn’t have his psychopaths. His best friend, Billy, played by Sam Rockwell, tries to help but the screenwriter thinks his stories are hair-brained. Billy’s friend, Hans, played by the totally underrated Christopher Walken, gets himself caught in a giant mess after kidnapping a major gangster’s (Woody Harrelson) little dog for some quick cash. Soon, the two friends get stuck accidentally in Hans’ mess. So far, it seems like a great gangster/crime comedy that will play out with the usual chase scenes, stand-offs and bloody revenge. Instead, this beautifully crafted plot goes to a weird place.
The three friends find themselves on the run with nothing to go back to and, without giving too much away, spend a lot of time talking. Like, a lot of time… I really don’t want to give anything away but I really, really encourage everyone to see this movie.
Martin McDonagh is really proving himself to be a new kind of crime director, his style is unique and engaging. He leaves some crime film standards alone and then, when you least expect it, he flips one on it’s head. And he’s funny, so funny.
The directing and writing is crucial but what really pushed the film all the way was the cast. I was totally ready to complain about the lack of female characters and the lack of non-white people, but I can’t! At first it looks like a big cast but a pretty predictable one, and then the movie takes a turn and you’re too caught up in the story and laughing too hard to remember what minor complaints you had in the first place (obviously this happened to me). See this movie, it’s crazy good.