ByAndrew Garrison, writer at

Recently, I was reading how Colin Farrell hasn’t had a lot of American box office success of late. I said to myself, “How could this be? He was in Seven Psychopaths.” Turns out, despite strong reviews both on Rotten Tomatoes (83%) and 7.2 rating on IMDB the movie didn’t excel in the box-office back in October of 2012. So, I’m taking a look back at this dark, but quirky fun movie in hopes that I can inspire some people to watch it and fall in love with one strange film like I have.
What I didn’t like about the film.
No film is perfect and I do think this one had one major issue above all others. The first half of the movie flows at a very different pace and style than the second half. It’s almost like they crafted two good movies that were very different from one another and then glued them together. Reminds me of a good Coen brothers film where you are going along and enjoying this beautiful and superbly crafted movie and then it gets to the end and you wind up confused and wondering what the hell just happened. Seven Pyschopaths is ugly beautiful in many ways, but it starts twisting and turning and doesn’t follow the traditional flow of a movie. Some people will be thrown off and not like the movie because of that. The third act to this movie is a scrambled mess, but I say that in the nicest possible way because it seems intentional to a point. By the end of the movie, a lot of nasty things go down and it quickly changes from a quirky comedy to something much darker with a touch of the profound to wash it all down.
What I liked about the film.
The Cast -The cast features heavily Collin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, and Christopher Walken along with a bunch of other stars that play their minor roles perfectly. Collin Farrell does a wonderful job as an alcoholic screenwriter who is struggling to write the perfect movie. Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson are as eccentric as they come without dipping too much into the surreal. Christopher Walken steals the show in his own Walkenlike way that is iconic of much of his career.
The Writing- It is tough to put a lot of eccentric characters into a movie and give each one a unique voice that stands out and connects well with the other characters. The way the characters interact with one another and how the story develops from one point to the next in somewhat unpredictable means is magical. This movie flows like a lighter version of a Quentin Tarentino crime film or a darker Wes Anderson comedy. If those two directors united to make a film, this is what it may look like.
The Director- Martin McDonagh is underappreciated in America. He directed and or produced In Bruges and The Guard, both of which are exceptional movies I would also recommend. He has this interesting style where he creates a dark and imaginative world that keeps you guessing, but also keeps you entertained throughout.
In the end, this movie isn’t for mainstream audiences. It is violent, and filled jokes about sex, drugs, and psychopaths. There is plenty of humor in it, but it can be very dry and offbeat even unsettling at times. The story starts simple, but meanders down a long winding road to an uncertain destination. It’s stylish and fun from start to finish and even has a few lessons for us all about life, writing, and psychopaths.


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