Stars: Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Tom Waits
Genre: Black Comedy, Crime
I went into this not really knowing what to expect. I really just wanted to see it because Tom Waits has a small role in it, and I'm a huge fan of Waits. However, the film as a whole was actually very impressive.
First off, I must say, this film has one of the best openings ever. Two guys standing and talking and then just getting their heads blown the fuck off. It really sets the tone of the film.
The plot is a bit tricky to explain. It's about a guy who is writing a screenplay called Seven Psychopaths, which is the film within the film. He has a friend who kidnaps people's dogs and then gives them back to get the reward. Turns out he ends up robbing a big time gangster's dog, and the gangster comes and hunts them down. And throughout the film we eventually get to meet the seven psychopaths. It's pretty crazy.
The film kind of feels like a Tarantino film. In a good way. I'd even say this film does certain things better than many Tarantino films do. But I don't really want to make this a comparison of directors, but if you like Tarantino's stuff you'll probably love this.
I'm not a huge Colin Farrell fan but I guess he's alright here. Christopher Walken, one of my favorite actors of all time, is superb here; loved his character. Sam Rockwell is cool too, took me half the movie to finally realize he was the guy from Moon. Wood Harrelson is great here if you're a fan of his. And my main man Tom Waits is also great to watch here, being completely weird, as always. It's quite an awesome cast and all the actors deliver.
The film constantly satirizes and even parodies action and crime flicks, with Billy constantly saying that there has to be a shootout at the end. At one part, and this is an actual quite from the film, he says: "Peace is for queers" and starts blasting away. It was pretty hilarious.
And the film is very funny. I mean just the entire plot is completely ridiculous and when you stop and realize that all these people are getting killed because of one little shih-tzu, it gets even funnier. There are a lot of genuinely funny moments, and overall I'd say it's a very funny film. But, there are a few moments when it feels like a very typical comedy, thankfully it's not too frequent.
All the characters are well written and likable. When characters die, you really do feel sad, and when characters are in trouble you can sympathize with them, all before another laugh comes about. All the characters feel real and as if they were actual friends with each other, and this is a film about friendship and what friends will do for one another. For example, Billy may appear as if he isn't too great of a friend, but then we realize that everything he does he does with a good heart and in hopes to help his friend.
I'd definitely check this one out. It's funny, it has tons of violence, but it's also a very touching and moving story.
Recommended for: fans of cast or director, fans of Guy Ritchie/Tarantino-esque films