Starring Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, Abbie Cornish and Tom Waits. Written, directed and produced by Martin McDonagh.
Multi-talented industry creative Martin McDonagh provides yet another off-beat dark comedy in Seven Psychopaths. And while his work behind the camera definitely lends an air of oddball-ness to the movie, it's truly the work of the actors that steal the show.
Each psychopath, in addition to the supporting cast, does a tremendously impressive job of convincing the viewer that they are, in fact, complete and total psychos. Colin Farrell being the lone non-nutjob amongst the film's main characters (or is he?), we're left with plenty of material with which to enjoy some pretty superb acting and storytelling.
From Rockwell's loony and imaginative Billy to Walken's quietly nutty Hans and Harrelson's conscienceless Charlie, everyone is more than believable in their roles – even all the way up through the final scene. Character development might be brief, but the sheer amount of characters and continual off-kilter storytelling and happenstance contained within Seven Psychopaths is more than enough to keep the film running on its own merit. In fact, there aren't any drawn-out or boring scenes that come to mind throughout the entirety of the film – the full length of the movie rolls in a continuous storyline, keeping the full attention of the viewer at all times.
Nonsensical violence and over-the-top gore definitely contribute to the suspended sense of reality in the movie, and perhaps the most impressive feature – as you'd expect from a gaggle of psychos – is the non-stop ridiculous dialogue that really lays the foundation for each character. Were this a Quentin Tarantino film, the lines would be grandiose, drawn-out and completely self-serving. The man just loves to show everyone how witty and clever he is. McDonagh, however, spills just the right amount of dialogue from each character, so that you're utterly convinced of their narcissism and mental unwellness – but you're not completely tired of hearing them talk either. In the same vain of In Bruges, McDonagh is able to supply us with characters that we quickly become invested in, without a clue as to who is going to remain standing come the end of the film.
Writing a screenplay about multiple psychopaths, Marty (Farrell) is experiencing a bit of writer's block, searching for characters to write into his film. Flabbergasted when the fictional occurrences of his story begin happening in real life, Farrell actually shows a considerable amount of versatility, playing the shocked, victimized and vulnerable protagonist whose life just got turned upside down – then shaken vigorously. Walken is classic Walken, relying on his unique dialogue delivery to set him aside, and Harrelson is fantastic in yet another comically crazy killer role (much like his work in No Country for Old Men, Natural Born Killers and Zombieland).
Undoubtedly the shining example of spectacular acting in the movie comes courtesy of Rockwell. A solid supporting actor for years, he truly burst into his own in Hollywood with 2009's Moon. Seven Psychopaths simply cements this accomplishment, as he is – without a doubt – the most interesting character in the entire film. What's he going to do next? We certainly have no clue. —Adam O'Connor