Seven Psychopaths (2012)


The impeccable placement of incoherent rants and misplaced attempts of psychotic sincerity are no doubt Seven Psychopaths strong traits. But it is the idiotic gangsters, lazy thieves, and the disgruntled writer that Martin McDonough embellishes to serve a hilarious, malicious endearment dependent on the compatibility of one another that is truly a brilliant malfunction. Scribed in the same manner or at least running along a similar wavelength, stunningly I might add. Seven Psychopaths draws serious reflections to Charlie Kaufman’s screenplay Adaptation. Featuring Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, Woody Harrelson, Colin Farrell, and directed as well as written by the aforementioned Martin McDonough. Seven Psychopaths is a grisly rendition (even if it is melodramatic), of the comedic struggles that accompany being a writer in our current society.


Marty (Farrell) is struggling with his unfinished, overdue script entitled “Seven Psychopaths.” Unwilling to accept help from his close friend Billy (Rockwell), Marty continues on his alcohol fuelled destructive path. Upon arguing with his girlfriend Kaya (Cornish), Marty has no choice but to seek shelter at Billy’s house. Taking this as a sign that Marty needs assistance, Billy issues an add in a local magazine regarding Marty’s search for psychopaths to star in his script. All the while Billy and Hans (Walken) conduct a thrifty business in which they steal dogs from their owners in hopes of returning them when an reward has been issued. Unknowingly, Billy and Hans accidentally steal the dog of a psychotic mobster named Charlie (Harrelson), who is desperately searching for the dog using any means necessary.


The desert portion of Seven Psychopaths is by far the most comedic and brilliant. While Rockwell, Walken, and Farrell diverge from one another and succumb to their own demons. The expansive shots of the vast desert at night clashing with each characters emotion and obscurity is oddly epic. Seven Psychopaths has one of the best assembled casts of 2012. By a wide margin, the most intriguing psychopath is Sam Rockwell. His version of a conscientious, loyal, honest murderer is a phenomenal revaluation. Rockwell shows his satirical severeness, yet also comedic aura that he hasn’t performed this admirably since Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. If it wasn’t for Rockwell, Walken would have controlled all of the viewers gazes. Christopher Walken surface is rock solid but his interior is molten emotions. One of Walken’s best performances to date, he is funny, smart, and intimidating. Woody Harrelson matches the laugh output of his fellow cast members as well as out performing their insanity. Big kudos to McDonough for his original script and firm hand behind the camera. The panoramic shots of the desert and skylines are exceptional. However, McDonough’s clever and witty dialogue would be useless if it didn’t have this outlandish and eccentric cast to relay it.


Seven Psychopaths: 8 out of 10.

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About Joseph@thecinemamonster

Aspiring writer who absolutely adores film and television.

Posted on April 18, 2013, in Comedy and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Great Review! Totally agree.

  2. I really liked it too, though if I had to choose I still think the director’s previous collaboration with Farrell was even better, “In Bruge”!

  3. I’m a huge fan of McDonough. In Bruges was a revelation for me when I saw it and I liked Seven Psychopaths nearly just as much. I totally agree, the cast excelled here. Nice review, as usual!

  4. I seem to be in the minority here but I really didn’t like this film. It was one if the biggest disappointments of last year for me. I liked In Bruges and love the cast members bug the jokes felt forced to me and the whole thing became the very type of film that it was sending up. Great review regardless, though. :-)

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