Seven Psychopaths (2012) Review

Well I didn’t expect that from the trailer! Lots of violence from the get go and it keeps that going throughout the films storytelling, in that respect I would say that the film was more like a pulp film than a comedy but with its cast it will split your sides. The trailer completely threw me off when it came to what the story was and I think that is a great thing because I was completely surprised how good this film was. The story, acting and dialogue were all fantastic which was something I never got anything I viewed about this film, I love to be pleasantly surprised. The ideas behind this film are something I haven’t seen before and the only comparison I can think of is maybe ‘Pulp Fiction’, maybe. This film is my favourite Christopher Walken film I have seen a while and I am glad he got the chance to play such an unusual/dark character, something I have missed. Paulo: “Put your hands up.” Hans: “No” Paulo: “What?” Hans: “I said no.” Paulo: “Why not?” Hans: “I don’t want to.” Paulo: “But I’ve got a gun.” Hans: “I don’t care.” Paulo: “That doesn’t make any sense.” Hans: “Too bad”

Seven Psychopaths - Banner

Marty (Farrell) is a struggling writer who dreams of finishing his screenplay, “Seven Psychopaths”. Billy (Rockwell) is Marty’s best friend, an unemployed actor and part time dog thief, who wants to help Marty by any means necessary. All he needs is a little focus and inspiration. Hans (Walken) is Billy’s partner in crime. A religious man with a violent past. Charlie (Harrelson) is the psychopathic gangster whose beloved dog, Billy and Hans have just stolen. Charlie’s unpredictable, extremely violent and wouldn’t think twice about killing anyone or anything associated with the theft. Marty is going to get all the focus and inspiration he needs, just as long as he lives to tell the tale.

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Story: 95% Acting: 95% Visuals: 85% Dialogue: 90%

Comedy/Pulp: 90% Style/Sound: 85% Characters: 95%

Total: 90%

Seven Psychopaths - Poster

To start off let’s talk about the acting. I really liked the acting it was surprisingly good and easily one of my favourite Christopher Walken films (The Deer Hunter, Sleepy Hollow). The entire cast did a great job though in this film with Colin Farrell as Marty, Sam Rockwell as Billy and Woody Harrelson as Charlie. Something I really did like about the acting was how they portrayed there psychopathic characters as just that, they acted insanely but didn’t think what they were doing was wrong in anyway therefore defining a real psycho. The funniest of the cast would have to be either Sam Rockwell or Woody Harrelson, both were very funny but in completely different ways. Woody plays a fantastically crazy gangster who will apparently do anything to get his beloved shih tzu back, a role I can’t imagine many people pulling off a well as him. Were as Sam plays an unemployed looser with a darker side as he plays both a dognapper and a (spoiler) serial murderer, he’s barrels of fun and delivers my favourite scene (not till the end the review).

Seven Psychopaths - Marty, Hans and Billy with the Shih Tzu 2

Now onto the story, it’s weird really really weird. The film is set up with a main story arc and has smaller stories running throughout which are all stories going into the screen play being written by Marty Faranan, some of the stories are made up like the Vietnamese Priest but other like the Quaker are based in reality (The Quaker is my favourite of these stories). The idea of such blood lust and death being based all around one dog is fantastic and allows for the sometimes very dark story to seem much funnier. The story is almost anthology based and reminds me a lot of Pulp Fiction only with more of a connection to the main story and the way this film ends it really pulls everything back together with a nice neat end, just make sure you don’t start getting up straight from the credits.

Seven Psychopaths - Marty with guns

So let’s talk about something more fun like the visuals. The Visual Effects in this film were really good and most of the effects didn’t require a great deal of technical skill there were scenes that were extremely gory which I thought were done perfectly. The fire and gunshot scenes were quite spectacularly good but I will have to say that my favourite in terms of ridiculously gory scenes would have to be the character Charlie’s head getting blown up in one of the fictional story from Billy. I love that scene because you just go “What the hell!” it really was overkill but does make sense when you know its billy telling the story. The music in this film is very good as well as it can go from fun and wild to pop culture in a snap, each scene had its own kind of music and I think it worked really well with the characters story. Wrong music could ruin some of the scenes.

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The best reviews I have found would be these “Yes, it’s a lot to keep track of, but writer-director Martin McDonagh does so with deft humor as the film hurls toward a desert climax, foreshadowed in one of Billy and Marty’s exchanges.” Lisa Kennedy. I liked the way it ended and how it wrapped up. Also “This is one of the best times I’ve had at the movies in years.” Richard Roeper. Wow that’s high praise and I get why he may say it as I haven’t seen anything like it in cinema recently. Lastly “Christopher Walken has starred in over one hundred movies and whether he is playing a deer hunter or a dog-napper, has there ever been a better scene stealer? “Brian Henry Martin. He’s damn good at stealing scenes and that’s why we like him. My favourite scene would have to be when Billy describes the way he thinks the screen play should play out with a massive finale gun battle which is so ridiculous it will make you wet yourself in laughter. It easily is my favourite scene and with it was on YouTube so I could watch it right now.

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18 responses to “Seven Psychopaths (2012) Review”

  1. The Focused Filmographer says :

    I missed this one in theaters and will be renting it. I really liked the cast and can’t wait to check it out. esp after your glowing review!


  2. wordschat says :

    I got a kick of out it too. Just checked my review. I gave it an 8 and loved the Christopher Walken exchange, has to be one of the funniest of the year!


  3. Fogs' Movie Reviews says :

    Glad to see you’re a fan of this one Tim, this is one of my favorites of the year without a doubt. It cracked me up from beginning to end, and there certainly isnt any other flick like it out there right now! Great cast, as you mention!


  4. CMrok93 says :

    This movie was great and kept me watching the whole time. I didn’t feel much for these characters; as much as I felt for the ones in In Bruges, but I still had a fun time listening to everybody speak this snappy dialogue out. Good review Tim.


  5. keith7198 says :

    Nice review. The range of reaction to this film has been interesting. I passed on it during its local theater run. Maybe on DVD though.


  6. Terry Malloy's Pigeon Coop says :

    Nice review, I was pleasantly surprised by this. I thought the plot was a little all over the place at times but the script is brilliant and the performances are amazing, particularly Rockwell.


  7. Shrey Khetarpal says :

    The trailer actually had my expectations sky high so I was a bit disappointed. But overall, a decent film for me.


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