Martin Mcdonagh, Daniel Radcliffe and Michael Grandage - Opening night after party for The Cripple of Inishmaan at the Edison Ballroom - Arrivals - New York, New York, United States - Sunday 20th April 2014
Martin McDonagh gleefully plays with both the gang thriller genre and the moviemaking process with this enjoyably absurd action comedy. It's a little self-indulgent, acknowledging how difficult he found it to follow up his acclaimed film In Bruges. But a continual stream of hilariously clever gags make it thoroughly entertaining, and the seriously great actors are so playful that it's infectious.
At the centre, naturally, is an Irish writer named Marty (Farrell), living in Hollywood and struggling to write his next screenplay. He settles on the title Seven Psychopaths, and decides that his lead character will be a nonviolent Buddhist killer. Otherwise he's stuck. Then he discovers that his hyperactive pal Billy (Rockwell) is running a scam with Hans (Walken), kidnapping dogs and claiming the rewards from their owners. This all goes terribly wrong when they grab the beloved shitzu of the mercurial thug Charlie (Harrelson), sending him into a murderous rampage. And as Marty finds himself in the middle of it, his script starts to take shape.
McDonagh is adept at combining freewheeling wackiness with more astute observational comedy. This film isn't as emotionally resonant as In Bruges, but it crackles with the same sharp dialog and offhanded violent silliness. Most of this plays up the amusing shock value of sudden death, although there are moments that are surprisingly touching, mainly due to a wonderfully textured turn from Walken. Rockwell is the other standout as the manic, unpredictable Billy, an enthusiastic mischief-maker. And Harrelson has a great presence as the funny-terrifying Charlie.
Continue reading: Seven Psychopaths Review
Seven Psychopaths, starring Colin Farrell, hits US cinemas tomorrow (October, 12 2012). The Martin Mcdonagh directed film see a struggling screenwriter inadvertently caught up Los Angeles criminal underworld after a gangster’s Shih Tzu is kidnapped. It’s a comedy, unless you didn’t get that by now. We’ve trawled through some Seven Psychopaths reviews, so you don’t have to.
Early indications suggest that the film is really quite good, as it has a healthy rating of 95% on film-score aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes. Empire Magazine says it’s “a funny, dirty and very, very violent comedy that tilts at serious themes (as did In Bruges, but in a different way) and does so with a messy, irreverent, gung-ho energy.” Another review, this time from Entertainment Weekly, praises the film’s script, which was also penned by McDonagh: “An energetically demented psycho-killer comedy set in faux-noir L.A.,” writes Lisa Schwarzbaum. “Seven Psychopaths rollicks along to the unique narrative beat and language stylings of Anglo-Irish writer-director Martin McDonagh, channelling Quentin Tarantino.” High praise indeed!
In fact, most reviews were unanimous in praise for the crime-comedy, which stars Michael Pitt, Colin Farrell and Christopher Walken in an impressive cast. We couldn’t see any negative words about it, apart from the New York Observer calling it “genuinely humor-resistant.” But with its overwhelmingly positive reception, it looks like your cinema tickets for tomorrow night are sorted. U.K viewers will have to wait until December 9, 2012 to see it, though.
Writer/director McDonagh has dabbled in fairy tales before, in his grimly funny and ultraviolent stage plays like the Tarantino-esque The Lieutenant of Inishmore and, particularly, The Pillowman, which knocked Broadway audiences for a loop back in 2005 with its mix of bloody, Grimm-like Germanic storytelling and anonymous, Kafkaesque modernity. With his feature directorial debut (his short film, Six Shooter, won an Oscar in 2006), McDonagh takes his particular theatrical affinity for finding cockeyed laughs in horrendous situations and creates a precisely structured and knock-you-down hilarious comedy of violence with a film that (hopefully) announces a great new cinematic talent.
Continue reading: In Bruges Review