Archive | December, 2012

Review: Seven Psychopaths

15 Dec

Seven Psychopaths

After success with the brilliant In Bruges back in 2008, Martin McDonagh is back this year with a film about a struggling writer (played brilliantly by Colin Farrell) who is having trouble finishing his script, when he gets caught up in a whirlwind of violence all because some psycho’s precious shih-tzu gets dog-napped. Given that Farrell’s struggling writer is called ‘Marty’, there is evidently something of autobiography about this film for McDonagh, but struggling is the last adjective I would use for this Anglo-Irish genius.

Seven Psychopaths

It may have taken him some time, but McDonagh definitely doesn’t disappoint with this follow up. The film laments in many ways the fact that it’s sometimes difficult to be taken seriously in Hollywood. However, it doesn’t do this with a moan, but with blood splattering, dog-napping and, as the title might suggest, properly psychotic characters who have more than a whiff of Tarantino about them. McDonagh’s film plays on the stereotypes of mindless male action movies to make it’s points, and the result is a film full of memorable one-liners and a great narrative that may not be as iconic as Pulp Fiction but is definitely one of the better action-crime plots of the year (not that it really has much competition in a year which has seen us blessed with such turkeys as The Expendables 2). Also, it features a host of very cute dogs.

What really stands out here is the cast. Many of the big names give what are quite possibly their best performances of recent years. Big man Christopher Walken is better than he has been in years (possibly since his turn in Fat Boy Slim’s music video for ‘Weapon of Choice’..), Sam Rockwell really impresses as Marty’s unemployed, dog-napping best friend, and Woody Harrelson is enticing as the rage-blackout gangster with a heart, whose precious dog is napped by Rockwell’s Billy. It is Colin Farrell that really impresses here though. I think Farrell is an actor who is seriously under-rated, possibly because he does know how to pick some stinkers to star in. However, in these lower profile character pieces, Farrell always shines.

This is a wonderfully mad film, which I’m sure will become one of those classic ‘quotable cult-movies’ within a few years and definitely deserves a place on any Top 10 list of  2012.

Marty, keep ’em coming lad.

Dave's Corner of the Universe

Where strange fact and stranger fiction collide

Rich vein of form

Rich on sport

OMNIRAMBLES

sporadic blogging by @dfergpr

TurtleAndRobot.com

Children's Book Reviews

WRITER'S BLOG

Annette J. Dunlea Irish Writer

Don Charisma

because anything is possible with Charisma

talinorfali

Don't ever change yourself to impress someone, cause they should be impressed that you don't change to please others -- When you are going through something hard and wonder where God is, always remember that the teacher is always quiet during a test --- Unknown

Just A Thought

It’s just a thought, but thought gives rise to meaning, and to word, and to deeds.

The Jiggly Bits

...because life is funny.

Old Browne Blog

A Hard Day's blog, From Me To You

marineweek

St Andrews Marine Week 2012

John of the Dead's Horror Flick Reviews

Fair and Legitimate Horror Reviews

Mermaids

University of St Andrews Theatre Fund

the m0vie blog

an Irish nerd's eye look at the world of film

hollywoodilluminatidotcom

Disarming the Hollywood Illuminati Agenda

One Little Neuron

The adventures of a PhD student

Streamline | The Official Filmstruck Blog

Streamline is the official blog of FilmStruck, a new subscription service that offers film aficionados a comprehensive library of films including an eclectic mix of contemporary and classic art house, indie, foreign and cult films.

The Silent Movie Blog

More Than You Needed to Know

TheReelThingRises

"Here's looking at you, kid."

%d bloggers like this: