Movie Review: Seven Pychopaths

Grade: A

Director Martin McDonagh has a knack for violent comedies that tug at audiences’ heartstrings.

Much like his film “In Bruges” starring Colin Farrell, “Seven Psychopaths” mixes all three genres perfectly.

The film starts off with Marty (Farrell), a borderline alcoholic and struggling writer, who has been working on his screenplay, “Seven Psychopaths” for months. Marty cannot quite figure out how the story of each of his psychopaths will play out and add to his screenplay.

His loyal best friend Billy (Sam Rockwell) is an erratic, unemployed actor who makes some fast cash by stealing dogs and returning them to their owners for a reward.

Billy believes Marty is the voice of a generation and tries to motivate him to write his screenplay by any means necessary.

The plot begins when Billy and Hans (Christopher Walken), Billy’s partner in crime, steal a psychotic gangster’s (Woody Harrelson) beloved Shitzu and the wild goose chase begins.

With charismatic and concrete actors such as Walken, Harrelson, Rockwell, Farrell and Tom Waits, it’s difficult to pick a favorite. Each character has such a strong personality and presence.

While the character development is nothing short of amazing, what really stole the movie was the dialogue and cinematography.

Cinematographer Ben Davis has worked on many action-packed films such as “Kick-Ass” and “Layer Cake” to which “Seven Psychopaths” is no different.

The cinematography gave the violence in the film dramatic meaning by the bold, vibrant colors and how Davis zoomed the shots on the actors’ faces.

The characters’ dialogue in the film is witty, intelligent and comical. The dialogue is fast-paced and should be paid extreme attention to during the movie.

There are little things as well that reoccur throughout the film the audience is set up to catch on.

“Seven Psychopaths” shows every trait nothing short of a great film. Comparable to “Pulp Fiction” in its style, “Seven Psychopaths” is a must-see for anyone who enjoys comedy, action, drama or all three. A definite must see!