Create Game Lists on MeltedJoystick.com
FilmCrave home
   Movies  Members
Search +
Searching... Close  
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
  
 
  Login Using Facebook
Twitter
 
     

MikePA's Movie Reviews (137)

view profile + 
 
2.5/4
2.5/4
2.5/4
3.5/4
4/4
3/4
3.5/4
2.5/4
3/4
3/4
2.5/4
3.5/4
3.5/4
4/4
3/4
2/4
3.5/4
3.5/4
3/4
3/4
3.5/4
3/4
3.5/4
2.5/4
3/4

Next 25
 

Seven Psychopaths 
Review: Seven Psychopaths
3.5/4 stars

Seven Psychopaths is a film I've been looking forward to for quite a while. This is mainly because of the talent involved, including Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, and the amazing writer/director Martin McDonagh, who made In Bruges. And... I loved it!

One of the many reasons why this is such a terrific entertainment is because of the countless energy McDonagh packs into his characters, the script, and the overall atmosphere of craziness he creates. The actors work so well with McDonagh and the script, and they make their characters incredibly likable, even if many of them are, well, psychopaths. The film reminds me of a Quentin Tarantino movie. Not in terms of directing style, but how the film is structured, how entertaining the dialogue is, and how gleefully violent it is.

I love Martin McDonagh's sense of humor. The script is powered by clever dialogue and consistent laughs, and at least one gut-ripping laugh to nearly every scene. The best scene takes place in a cemetary, which is the funniest, the bloodiest, and the most memorable scene of the year. This may also be the best comedy screenplay of the year. Kudos to Martin McDonagh for not shying away from profanity, nudity, and buckets of blood to get a PG-13 so the film can make five extra dollars. Seven Psychopaths is one hell of a good time, and it earns its R-rating.

3.5/4


Recent Comments

Comment On Review

Robyn

Robyn- wrote on 03/02/13 at 12:46 PM CT

 

While his first film, "In Bruges" was black, fresh, and funny--Martin McDonagh's follow up comedy crime caper is a bit of a misfire. The compellingly named "Seven Psychopaths" feels as though it is trying a little too hard. Notwithstanding, there are some good things about the film, it is essentially a brain-teaser that is ultra black, with a gee-wizz cast and a schlock of set ups that work in varying degrees."Seven Psychopaths", a self-reflexive black comedy where the main punchline is that its script is being written before our very eyes. An alcoholic writer with limited imagination, Marty (Colin Farrell) spends more time slumming with hyper pal Billy (Sam Rockwell) than he does tending to his own professional woes. Stuck trying to pen a screenplay called "Seven Psychopaths", Marty finds himself caught up in Billy's mess, when the latter and his associate Hans (Christopher Walken) are fingered for kidnapping the dog of ruthless mobster Charlie (Woody Harrelson). Forced to flee with the pooch in tow, Marty finds a surprising amount of inspiration in being hunted, especially given that his company, Hans and Billy, may themselves also be psychopaths. The entire film is centered around the kidnapping of Bonny, a shih-tzu belonging to chief mobster Charlie (Woody Harrelson), and here's where all hell breaks loose. The violent nature of Charlie, usually involving shooting anyone he encounters without remorse--trails the trio of Marty, Billy and Hans, inflicting collateral damage as he gets closer to retrieving his dog. The conversations between characters are in rapid fire--containing a wealth of information, anecdotes, and heavy on the black comedy. McDonagh has a mastery of dialogue, a streak of outrageousness and the power to surprise, and these attributes buoy the early part of the film, and keep the rest of it from degenerating entirely. The cast is rich in recognizable names, and that transfers smoothly into the quality of acting. This time Colin Farrell is the straight man for McDonagh (he was the opposite in "In Bruges") and it's just the performance the Irishman needed to deliver after the summer's lethargic "Total Recall" rehash. Rockwell and Walken are of tremendous value as the canine thieves--Walken bringing his turn down to a Zen whisper, while Rockwell is entertaining as hyperactively playful, despite his murderous tendencies lying just below the surface. Where "Seven Psychopaths" begins to unravel and lose it's way is in the third act. For the first two acts, the film is wild, exhilarating and just plain fun. The promising beginning and set-up give way to a meandering film that takes a long time to go nowhere. The space between laughs becomes greater, and twists and turns become increasingly puzzling and extraneous. The last act slows down and the tone of the film is thrown off entirely--and rather suddenly, the film ventures out of dark comedy and into the realm of something else entirely. Instead of expanding, "Seven Psychopaths" contracts, becoming less outrageous-even as it reveals itself as trivial. The filmmaker's ambition gets the better of him as the number of subplots begins to rival the body count. Despite promising more than it can deliver, "Seven Psychopaths" still boasts a handful of funny, finely-staged sequences that attest to McDonagh's talent and vision.

 
 
Log In
Help on how to log into FilmCrave
Login with Facebook
Login with FilmCrave
 
 
What Members Are Doing
Movie Talk
New Movie Reviews
New Movie Lists
Top Sci-Fi Movies by Nolane
Movies Seen by Alena
Recent Movies To See by Mr Cinema
2005 by Karmand
2017 Rated and Ranked by Chris Kavan
Movies First Seen in 2017 by royaluglydudes
Movies of 2017 by Stoney McStonerson
movies of 2017 by skater4159

 

 

 

Contact FilmCrave Public Relations    

Advertise and Business

Developer API

Contact Us

Jobs

About us

SiteMap

 

Support FilmCrave

FAQ and Help

News and Press

Terms of Use

Privacy

   
Are you sure you want
to delete this review?