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Seven Psychopaths

By MATTHEW SINGER

In 2008, playwright-turned-filmmaker Martin McDonagh pulled off a nifty directorial trick with In Bruges: He made a crime comedy with soul. Seven Psychopaths, McDonagh’s follow-up, is also a crime comedy, but it’s not at all the same film. It is, in a lot of ways, the exact movie In Bruges wasn’t. It is highly aware of its own existence: Colin Farrell’s character is a creatively blocked, alcoholic Hollywood screenwriter, not coincidentally named Martin, wrestling with how to turn an unwritten script prematurely titled Seven Psychopaths into a “life-affirming” work of art. It’s also grisly—death comes via chainsaw, hacksaw, self-immolation and straight razor—and not particularly concerned with emotional complexity. In short, it’s a lot like all those other post-Pulp Fiction crime comedies where the criminals talk incessantly about movies while the movie talks incessantly about itself. And yet, it works. Maybe not to the degree of In Bruges, which truly seemed new and special. But McDonagh would have to fail pretty terribly to screw up a picture starring Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell as high-profile dognappers, Woody Harrelson as a Shih Tzu-loving gangster, and Tom Waits as a vigilante serial killer with a thing for white rabbits. No, Seven Psychopaths—the movie, not the movie within the movie—is not a “life-affirming” work of art. It’s simply crazy fun. 

 
  • Genres: Comedy
  • Running Time: 111 minutes
  • Release Date: Friday, October 12, 2012
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: R [ Bloody Images, Pervasive Language, Sexuality/Nudity, Some Drug Use, Strong Violence ]
  • Critic's Score: A-
  • Starring: Colin Farrell [Marty], Christopher Walken [Hans], Sam Rockwell [Billy], Woody Harrelson [Charlie], Abbie Cornish [Kaya], Tom Waits [Zachariah], Olga Kurylenko [Angela], Zeljko Ivanek [Paulo], Gabourey Sidibe [Sharice], Kevin Corrigan [Dennis], Brendan Sexton III [Zachariah Age 19 and 30]
  • Directed by: Martin McDonagh [Director], Martin McDonagh [Screenwriter], Graham Broadbent [Producer], Pete Czernin [Producer], Martin McDonagh [Producer], Tessa Ross [Executive Producer], Ben Davis [Cinematographer], Lisa Gunning [Film Editor], Carter Burwell [Original Music], David Wasco [Production Design], John Dexter [Supervising Art Direction], Sandy Wasco [Set Decoration], Karen Patch [Costume Designer]
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