Straight to the point: You take seven psychopaths and throw them together, shake things up with a few well placed bullets and you get a story worth telling and more importantly in our case, worth seeing.
Well, that title sure sounds promising doesn’t it? I already know it’s about seven psychopaths and like any normal person I’m expecting to see lots of blood, lots of gore, very Tarantino…Well, let me assure you, it was not. Which is not to say it wasn’t a very entertaining movie, with lots of laughter, lots of tears and lots of puppies. The trouble with Seven Psychopaths is that it’s not the kind of movie you can tell your friends about. Sure, you can give them the title and tell them that it was written and directed by Martin McDonagh (In Bruges) and that it has a stellar cast from which we can mention Christopher Walken, Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell or Woody Harrelson, but the storyline is so intricate that being able to tell them what’s about without losing something of the movie’s essence it’s going to prove to be a feat.
But let’s try it anyway. The movie is essentially the tale of Marty (Farrell), an alcoholic writer who wants to write his next screenplay, titled Seven Psychopaths. So far so good, except his alcoholism gets him kicked out of his house and involved with people he hadn’t imagined possible, the very kind of people he’d been planning to write about and failing at for weeks. After numerous adventures that leave a trail of dead behind the “golden trio” of mismatched anti-heroes, since he is joined by a slightly unhinged Quaker played brilliantly by Christopher Walken and by his even more unhinged best friend Billy(Rockwell), Marty develops a new understanding of what he’s been trying to bring onto paper and he finishes his script, managing to also kick some of his bad habits away. The movie is mad, mad as a hatter, pushing you through several stories all in one, which reminded me briefly of Cloud Atlas, except without the magnificent sets and the complications, but it’s also fun and wild and while the movie theatre wasn’t full to the brim since most people crowded to see other more hyped up movies, everyone was entertained, laughing in all the right places and reacting appropriately for the more dramatic scenes.
I was surprised to see Colin Farrell in a movie, it has been a while for me and it’s nice to see he can still rock on screen, since I was mostly disappointed in some of his earlier acting choices, but he clicked with his fellow cast members and made the story believable, despite of the absurdity of some of it. Perhaps it was the fact that it was the tale of a regular man that finds himself thrown into a mad adventure, the desperate search for answers that we all indulge in or the fact that it was enticing, but the movie made its mark, it impressed me and made me think about what I had just watched and what it represented, something that all good movies should make you do as you leave the theatre. All in all, it’s worth watching, if only for Sam Rockwell who more than once stole the show. Still, Seven Psychopaths it’s raw and realistic in a slightly unrealistic way and it will be both worth your money and your time, so don’t let the trailer fool you, you won’t be disappointed.