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Seven Psychopaths (2012) Movie Review

October 14, 2012

“Seven Psychopaths” is a deliciously sadistic comedy that is powered by a fantastic cast and script. Marty (Colin Farrell) is a screenwriter who is working on a new script with the help of his friend Billy (Sam Rockwell). Marty finds out that Billy and his friend Hans (Christopher Walken) have been kidnapping rich people’s dogs and returning them for the ransom. Only this time, Billy stole from the wrong person, leading to a storm of crazy.

Marty’s script is also called “Seven Psychopaths” and we watch as the script and movie weave together. This gives the film an interesting self-awareness, making the jokes so much more interesting. As the film’s psychopaths interact, there is lots of blood spilt and the movie shows a lot of gore. Still, the movie rarely takes itself too seriously and much of the gore is used for comic relief.

The music in the film is largely pre-existing songs with a small amount of score by Carter Burwell. Burwell’s music is reminiscent of his score to “Burn After Reading” and fits well when used. I really enjoyed watching the main 3 actors on screen as they disappeared into their characters. Woody Harrelson also does a great job as his character jumps between emotional and violent.

If you enjoy dark comedies and don’t mind laughing about overly-violent deaths, there is a lot of fun to be had with “Seven Psychopaths.” I haven’t laughed this much at a movie in a long time. Despite its light tone, I found myself strangely attached to the characters and the quirky situations they face. The film in many ways feels like a Cohen Brothers’ comedy, though it doesn’t reach the level of “Burn After Reading” ridiculousness.

4.5/5

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From → Comedy, Drama

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