Any writer encounters a creativity block from time-to-time, and often times nothing can be more intimidating than that first blank page. Sometimes all we need is a little bit of crazy in our lives to jump-start some inspiration.
In writer-director Martin McDonagh’s new indie film “Seven Psychopaths,” we are introduced to a Hollywood screenwriter named Marty (Colin Farrell) who is struggling to write his next film, cleverly titled “Seven Psychopaths.” Marty’s been having trouble deciding who the seven characters in his film should be, and so his best friend Billy (Sam Rockwell), an actor and part-time dog thief, attempts to lend a hand.
Things begin to spin out of control when Billy and his partner in crime, Hans (Christopher Walken) steal the beloved Shih Tzu of a psychopathic mob boss (Woody Harrelson). Marty is forced to go on the run with the two, when his alcoholic tendencies cause his girlfriend to kick him out of their apartment.
This film is quite a breath of fresh air in theaters today. The movie you go in thinking you’re going to see is ultimately not the film you’re presented with, instead it’s something much more meaningful. The fact that the plot is about writing a movie allows for a lot of experimentation and introspective commentary. Twists and turns come when you least expect them, and give the audience a satisfying pay-off.
The most enjoyable aspect of the film is the fantastic performances of the talented and eclectic cast that has been assembled for it. While I normally can’t stand Colin Farrell (excluding his fantastic role in last year’s Horrible Bosses), he really comes out of his shell and finally gives an authentic performance. Rockwell and Harrelson are also quite enjoyable, playing wildcards, always with something unexpected.
Walken’s character Hans is the heart and soul of the film, providing many laughs, but also a deep humanity that will really make you think and feel.
Just some fair warning: this movie does not cater toward the squeamish. As a film about psychopaths, we see our fair share of killing and blood. However, if you care more about an intricate story and dynamic character development, the film more than redeems itself.
“Seven Psychopaths” is a nearly flawless film; a wild roller coaster ride that is refreshingly original and unexpected, yet has the classic feel of Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction (1994). Expect surprises.