Struggling screenwriter Marty is at a loss writing a screenplay for which he was contracted but fortunately has some good friends. To help, one of them kidnaps the dog of a demented mob boss, getting Marty involved and providing fodder for his story.
Colin Farrell (Marty), Christopher Walken (Hans), Sam Rockwell (Billy), Michael Pitt (Larry), Michael Stuhlbarg (Tommy), Abbie Cornish (Kaya), Helena Mattsson (Blonde Lady), Kevin Corrigan (Dennis), Woody Harrelson (Charlie).
Seven Psychopaths starts off well enough with a bit of background and prep work before the comedy kicks into gear and the laughs are launched with satire. The plot feels pretty thin and somewhat unexplained at first but slowly starts to come together after some good laughs. Just in case we still aren't getting it, there is some narration that helps explain things even better. The story finally winds down with a twist, some drama, and more laughs.
Acting was pretty good in Seven Psychopaths. Farrell was on his game in this one doing well as a somewhat naïve writer with wacky friends. Rockwell did a great job in his role, truly feeling like a psychopath. Walked was a bit soft in spots but brought the energy when it was needed and can still pull off being a tough guy. Harrelson was in type and did nicely, as did the remainder of the supporting cast.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were all good and felt quite solid throughout with some nice bits of scenery as well. Physical effects were well done and added depth to the film. Dialogue was good with some nice laughs and good consistency. Sound and soundtrack were also well done.
Overall Seven Psychopaths is a fun film with some great laughs, a bit of horror, and yes, seven psychopaths. Check this one out if you like any of the popular main actors or want something a bit different.
With plenty of foul language, violence, blood and gore, sexuality, nudity, and drug use save this one for older teens and above.
Seven Psychopaths is no longer showing in any Littleton, Colorado movie theatres.
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