As the audience at the Regal Royal Palm Theater started to settle in to see a screening of “Seven Psychopaths” a warning was announced that the movie is bloody and violent. If you don’t like that kind of movie, you should leave. Of course, if you sat back and thought about it, a movie titled “Seven Psychopaths” does not sound like a chick flick or a family film. Naturally it’s going to be violent! Not only was it, but it is also bleeping great!
The story of “Seven Psychopaths” is complex to explain without giving too much away. It is easy to follow when you see the movie so there is no need to worry about “getting lost” when you see it. Marty (Colin Farrell) is a Hollywood screenwriter who has a great title for his next script, Seven Psychopaths, but has no clear idea what the story to it will be about. Billy (Sam Rockwell) is his struggling actor friend and who has a side business of dognapping along with his partner Hans (Christopher Walken). The two dognap the dog of a psychopath mob boss (Woody Harrelson) who will kill anybody and stop at nothing to get his dog back.
Every great movie starts with a great script. “Seven Psychopaths” has an excellent script filled with colorful characters, sharp dialogue and an engaging story. Martin McDonagh has written and directed a funny, dramatic and action packed screenplay that probably did not have much trouble finding financing to make it.
If you want further proof, look at the cast it attracted. In addition to Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson and Christopher Walken, “Seven Psychopaths” also co-stars Abbie Cornish, Harry Dean Stanton and Academy Award nominees, Gabourey Sidibe. All of them play their characters to perfection.
Even from a technical standpoint, “Seven Psychopaths” does a pretty outstanding job, especially the cinematography of Ben Davis. The art of the close-up is lost on many directors and Directors of Photography, but not on the team of McDonagh and Davis. A good way to draw an audience into your movie is to go in close with actors who are giving believable performances. The camera work is top notch from beginning to end on this picture.
There is plenty of depth to “Seven Psychopaths” too. The movie goes beyond surreal at times as it jumps in and out of a story within a story, but never to the point where it confuses the audience. The movie can get long in the tooth as well as some scenes run longer than they need to be; however, not to the point where it is detrimental to the movie.
“Seven Psychopaths” is one of the best movies of 2012. Even in scenes where there is no action or violence going on, the interaction between the characters is so interesting, it keeps the audience invested. You can’t get much better praise for that for this “day old” movie. It is rated R for strong violence, bloody images, pervasive language, sexuality/nudity and some drug use.