Writer: Martin McDonagh (Screenplay)
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Colin Farrell, Abbie Cornish, Christopher Walken, Michael Pitt, Harry Dean Stanton, Kevin Corrigan, Michael Stuhlbarg, Olga Kurylenko
Plot: A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster’s beloved Shih Tzu.
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Fun Crime Comedy
Story: Seven Psychopaths starts as we follow a screenwriter Marty (Farrell) who is working on his latest script Seven Psychopaths, his friends Billy (Rockwell) and Hans (Walken) are con-artists that kidnap dogs for rewards from the owners. When gangster Charlie (Harrelson) has his beloved dog disappear he becomes Psychopath No.3 of the script who is searching for his dog killing anyone involved.
When Charlie and his men discover Billy and Hans schemes they targeting them with Marty getting caught in the middle. Marty uses this experience to help write his script while we witness just how far one man will go to get his Shih Tzu back.
Seven Psychopaths has plenty of anti-Hollywood stereotypes being used through the film are we see how the characters understand they are involved in a world where movies happen. We get lines that explain how Hollywood does certain things wrong in movies with the discussion on woman not being strong enough with the film only including small scenes with woman characters. The film also tries to spell out the ending much like Shaun of the Dead did. This tries to do something different which should be praised but does leave us with certain parts being part of the story while others are fictional part to make the screenplay.
Sam Rockwell: Billy is one half of a dognapping partnership that takes gangster beloved dog. He lives a very plain life supporting his best friend Marty with his screenplay. He has a secret and is just as dangerous as Charlie really is. Sam gives us the performance you always expect to see from him.
Woody Harrelson: Charlie is local gangster who loves his Shih Tzu but when Billy & Hans take his dog he ends up going on a revenge path to get his dog back killing anyone who gets in his way. Woody much like Sam is one of the most reliable actors in the business today and shows why.
Colin Farrell: Marty is a screenwriter that has been struggling on his latest script for a movie called Seven Psychopaths. His best friend is Billy and being friends with Billy has led him into the situation there Charlie is after him too. Colin shows he has all the skills to be a top actor in this role.
Christopher Walken: Hans is the partner of Billy in dognapping, his wife has been fighting cancer, but when Billy takes Charlie’s dog we get to see just the type of character Hans is. Christopher is always a brilliant supporting actor.
Support Cast: Seven Psychopaths has a strong supporting cast that all help make this a great film.
Director Review: Martin McDonagh – Martin gives us one of the best crime comedy side of the story with his inclusion of some of the most talented actors in Hollywood.
Comedy: Seven Psychopaths has good laughs with a lot poking fun at Hollywood stereotypes.
Crime: Seven Psychopaths puts us into a world of dognapping, gangsters and psychopaths.
Settings: Seven Psychopaths uses the settings well without being overly important to the final outcome of the story.
Special Effects: Seven Psychopaths has good effect when need without being too important to the story.
Suggestion: Seven Psychopaths is one to try just because it does against certain moments against Hollywood. (Try It)
Best Part: Rockwell steals the show.
Worst Part: Slightly slow in the middle.
Chances of Tears: No
Chances of Sequel: No
Post Credits Scene: Early credits scene.
Oscar Chances: No
Budget: $15 Million
Runtime: 1 Hour 50 Minutes
Tagline: No te metas con el perro (Don’t mess with the dog)
Overall: Very enjoyable crime comedy that works on so many levels.