They Won't Take Any Shih Tzu.
A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu.
Martin McDonagh has another cult hit on his hands. In a lot of ways, Seven Psychopaths is more similar to a mash-up of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Adaptation than In Bruges, which is probably my dream movie come true. McDonagh's strengths are writing witty dialogue and character development, which shines through his outlandish and twilight-zoney premise in this case. Everything the trailer tells you about the movie is basically a lie, setting it up to be a silly comedy. Those of us who love In Bruges know to expect much more.
Marty (Colin Farrell) is an Irish screenwriter who drinks too much and is experiencing a bad case of writer's block. His screenplay is called "Seven Psychopaths" but he…
Seven Psychopaths is a case of difficult second movie syndrome for director, Martin McDonagh, and whilst it is probably destined for cult status, just as In Bruges was, it is a far less satisfying experience. This is a messy and self-reflexive story about a struggling Irish writer, Marty, and his difficulties with completing his latest script (also called Seven Psychopaths). Throw in the kidnapping of a mob boss’ dog and Marty’s unstable and psychopathic best friend and you’ve got a volatile mix of stories and characters.
It is a film wrapped up in its own self-awareness with its witty but indulgent meta-commentary and genre deconstruction overwhelming everything in its path. It’s a film consumed by its own ideas and writer…
I absolutely love McDonagh's first film In Bruges for its bizarre blend of absurd humour, strong violence and splashings of magical realism. He is most definitely a writer/director with a unique cinematic voice, one I'll always listen to, even when what he is saying is as muddled as is the case with Seven Psychopaths.
Even though this film is riddled with patches of brilliant creativity, it is still a narrative that has been done before. This type of meta-aware film is more often miss than hit. To McDonagh's credit, he doesn't mess it up competely, but for me it does fall into the trap most films of this kind fall into. It is predictable and because of its self-aware nature…
Life-affirming, schmife-affirming. It's called Seven Fucking Psychopaths.
It's been four years since Martin McDonagh made his feature film directorial debut with the critically acclaimed In Bruges. Has it taken four years because he was cautious of what he would direct as a follow up? If I wasn't so lazy I would check online to see if there's an answer for that, but for the moment I'll just say he's made a fantastic and more then worthy follow-up.
The dialogue of the film is probably the true star here. The film opens up with us hearing a conversation between Michael Stuhlbarg and Michael Pitt, before we even see them on screen I was already falling for the dialogue. It's…
"I like it...it's got...layers." - Hans
Ah, the feeling of acceptance. There is only one other situation in which I can remember feeling like this: the third watch of Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof. After having a mixture of love and hate in my first two viewings, I found that the third watch gave me my peace with it. I was no longer irritated with the self-indulgence, or the lack of pace, or the unexpected tonal shifts from the director's other work. The very same thing seems to have happened with Martin McDonagh's Seven Psychopaths.
Gone are the sickening sub-plots and grisly violence, replaced by a healthy portion of irony and self-awareness. On my first time watch, there was too much…
I was so taken aback by Martin McDonagh's first feature film, In Bruges. I did not think it would be that great or that funny, but somehow Martin blended perfect amounts of comedy, action, and drama together to make one kickass film. Thus, when I heard his sophomore effort was coming out I knew that I had to see it. Plus, not only does Colin Farrell return but Sam-Fucking-Rockwell is in it, and he is one hell of an actor.
And this turned out to be an insta-cult-classic. I don't think it will make big money as most cinemagoers nowadays won't know what to do with this or how to receive it. However, for people who truly appreciate fine filmmaking…
A couple funny moments, an intriguing series of concepts, a few twists on modern movie narrative and an awesome performance by Sam Rockwell combine to create one confusing, creative and cluttered cinema cocktail.
"You're the one thought psychopaths were so interesting, but they're kinda tiresome after awhile don't you think?"
Christopher Walken's character perfectly describes most of this movie with that line.
Now the cast is excellent and it's funny here and there but if it weren't for the last 20 minutes this would've been surprisingly boring.
The structure of the plot is quite random and to me obviously just not focused enough to become at least as good as the sum of it's parts.
For others it might click and be a great dark comedy, but to me it so clearly doesn't hold a candle to McDonagh's previous film "In Bruges" I feel quite disappointed.
I need to watch it again as I was only half paying attention, but from what I took in, seemed quite funny, and Sam Rockwell was excellent. Looking forward to the next viewing!
<3 <3 fkn bruges
What a strange, odd... thing. I don't quite know how to feel about this film. I definitely enjoyed it, and I definitely think it's good... It's just... An odd-duckling of a film. Will have to watch again.
A disappointing follow-up for McDonagh after the brilliant In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths is just a little too scattered to really appreciate, and while the characters themselves are interesting, we're never given much reason to genuinely care about them.
Killer cast! Great scenario! Conversations that will make you piss your pants. Great movie!
Another film about a writer struggling to write a screenplay who then writes said screenplay based on events from their own life.
Overly violent and sloppily written.
Of course the Tarantinoesque plot had critics applauding but the whole concept has been done.
....love the New Zealand reference though.
Martin McDonagh falls a little short with this one in comparison to his other two films, the much lauded In Bruges and the Oscar winning short film Six Shooter. Still he manages to apply his darkly comic humor in the most grisly of fashion creating a entertaining yet flawed piece of psychotic cinema.
Seven Psychopaths has everything you would want from McDonagh just perhaps not in the way anyone would expect it. It's like receiving a gift you really wanted but that someone had trampled on and damaged the product inside. Technically its still there and you got what you wanted, its just a broken mess that only partially works. The main culprit in relation to the movie was poor…