Seven Psychopaths

Written By, Dominick Spencer

Starring: Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, and Woody Harrelson.

Directed by Martin McDonagh

Times watched: 1

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John Wick definitely liked his dog, but I think Charlie (Woody Harrelson) has him beat on the dog affection. To quickly summarize the movie a psychopathic criminal has his dog stolen by two petty dog thieves Billy (Sam Rockwell) and Hans (Christopher Walken) who later return these stolen dogs for the rewards for finding them. Through this whole thing Billy gets his friend Marty (Colin Farrell) mixed into everything. Marty is an alcoholic trying to finish a movie he has been writing and this misadventure winds the three of them up in the desert and working together on the movie.

The gore in the movie is very much a large part, considering it’s called Seven Psychopaths that shouldn’t be too surprising. It’s almost on that Quentin Tarantino level, but not quite. It starts off strong with the violence from the first scene up and has a good amount up until the end of the movie.

At the begging of the movie I felt that Marty’s girlfriend Kaya was more of a throw away character only really there to get mad at Marty for being a jerk. That was one of the few downsides I got from the movie.

I like how you see the relationship between Billy and Marty, and then Billy and Hans. Then later in the movie Marty and Hans meet and you get to see them get to know each other up until the end of the movie and that makes the impact of Hans suggestion for his film that much stronger as they have grown a little closer.

I might have missed something but I did get a bit confused as the three were headed out to the desert. I wasn’t quite sure why they were going there but I found it amusing as they were on their way and when they got there.

While in the desert that’s when Marty learns that his two friends are actually psychopaths as well and that helps with his movie. Hans being the Amish killer from the story Billy tells Marty, and Billy the Jack of Diamonds killer from the first scene. Billy is an interesting character as he has no problem killing his girlfriend and many others but cares a lot for his friends and wants the best for them. This shows a lot as well when Marty finds his notebook with a lot of his thoughts about trying to help Marty.

I thought the ending was well done with Billy getting back at Charlie by getting his dog to like him more, and also with Hans sacrificing himself to get the cops to follow the people after Billy and Marty. The ending with Hans felt a lot like Gran Torino and I’m not sure if that was on purpose or not. Either way it was still good in my opinion.

Overall I would say if you enjoy some violence and crude humor this movie is probably for you. If you have seen a Quentin Tarantino move and weren’t a fan I would maybe steer clear.

81/100

Favorite Character: Billy (Sam Rockwell)

 

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