Seven Psychopaths

Well, It’s been longer than normal when it comes to my posting here. Things have been chaos around my end, so time has been a very precious commodity.

I did, however, make some time to watch Seven Psychopaths last night. I went into it thinking it was going to be a dark comedy, especially given the cast. Boy, was I mistaken.

For those uninformed, Seven Psychopaths stars Collin Farrell, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, and Woody Harrelson. Farrel plays a writer named Martin who’s trying to write a screenplay called, you guessed it, Seven Psychopaths. Rockwell is his actor friend who runs a dog kidnapping-for-reward scheme with Walken, who also winds up stealing Harrelson’s dog. Harrelson, however, is a gangster head who doesn’t take kindly to his dog being stolen, so he goes out and starts trying to kill whoever took his dog.

The movie descends into a madhouse from there, easily living up to its own title. Each and every character (save Martin) is a true psychopath in every respect, ranging from Walken’s odd mannerisms to Rockwell’s own special flavor of psychotic. You’ve got a number of scenes (and even characters) who are nothing but Martin’s own creations as he’s trying to write his own movie, just to spice things up.

It still has a dark sense of humor, don’t get me wrong, but it’s not a comedy. It’s a film that plays upon and defies a number of stereotypes and cliches, and it even admits it.  I could definitely say that it seems more like a stream of consciousness from a writer who’s projecting … or the result of a lot of alcohol (or both). Either way, the movie felt original and different, especially these days, and it actually seemed like a very good film.

Just thought I’d throw that out there, in lieu of any major announcements or anything. When the word comes down on some stuff, you’ll all be the first to know.

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