Movie of the Week: Seven Psychopaths (2012)

Seven Psychopaths is written by Martin McDonagh... and let me tell you... he also wrote the play, Pillowman. When I first heard this correlation I was somewhat put off because Pillowman is one of the most twisted and terrifying plays I've ever read, and designed. I wasn't sure if I wanted to go through something as intense as Pillowman, again. This story, however, is so cleverly twisted around every possible corner that one would think it would've had to have been a play first. To compare, it reminded me of The Big Lebowski in the sense that they're fighting over something totally ridiculous, but that isn't quite the point of the movie at all. In The Big Lebowski it's the fact that someone peed on his rug, in this film- it's a stolen Shih tzu of a mid rank LA mafia member (Woody  Harrelson) being held hostage. I would venture to say that the entire movie is based around one thing: getting material for Marty (Colin Ferrell) to write his screen play, "Seven Psychopaths." He's having difficulty conceptualizing the script, not to mention the fact that he has slight drinking issues and is now homeless. His best friend Billy (Sam Rockwell) is obviously a psychopath from the start... and begins conjuring up ways for Marty to experience more psychopaths in reality so he can be inspired to write about the seven psychos his script must consist of. The mere fact that Christopher Walken and Tom Waits are cast in this should be enough for you to start looking up movie times right now. All in all, this is a comedy which thrills you and takes you on twists you only read about in plays. If unexpected sudden violence isn't for you, you might reconsider. I applaud Martin McDonagh and will venture into reading more of his plays after this. He is a truly gifted story teller with an imagination that truly intrigues me.
love, polly


Emma said...

I loved the film too Polly! Sam Rockwell is the best! Totally agree that it reminded me of The Big Lebowski. It's great to see an Irish director making bigger films!

Emma x

Vanessa, Take only Memories said...

This movie looks like it's just up my alley! Very cool.
And lovely Piano playing in the previous video. Is that from Amelie?

LolaDee said...

LOVED this movie! So so brilliant. Have you seen In Bruges? Another of his. Similar vibe and also brilliant. That and it's set in Bruges, which is so beautiful you will fall in love with it!