Film: Seven Psychopaths? Killer flick

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October 26th, 2012

Omaha, NE – How do you market a movie that can’t be easily explained? From the Movieha podcast, Ryan Syrek and Matt Lockwood take a look at Seven Psychopaths.

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Ryan: Writer/director Martin McDonagh’s first film, In Bruges, has somewhat deservedly blossomed into a cult classic.

Matt: Oh, not somewhat deservingly my friend, if you get me to not actively root for Colin Farrell to be shot in the eye for two full hours, you have made a classic work of art.

Ryan: McDonagh and Farrell are together again in Seven Psychopaths, a movie that’s being sold in previews like a Quentin Tarantino film but has more in common with a Charlie Kaufman film. So it’s less Reservoir Dogs and more Adaptation, less gleeful over-the-top violence and more meta-cinematic reflection.

Seven Psychopaths stars (from left) Olga Kurylenko, Christopher Walken, Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Abbie Cornesh, Tom Waits and Woody Harrelson.

Matt: Are you trying to make this wonderful film sound boring? Let me take over. The film follows Farrell’s character Marty, a screenwriter working on a new script called Seven Psychopaths.

Ryan: See, it’s meta!

Matt: And you’ve never met a meta movie you don’t love. Marty’s friend, Billy, played by the hilariously demented Sam Rockwell, wants to help him. That said, Billy’s pretty busy kidnapping dogs for cash rewards with Christopher Walken.

Ryan: And who can blame him, that sounds like way more fun.

Matt: When they kidnap the dog of a mafia guy played by Woody Harrelson, things get really wild.

Ryan: Oh, and Tom Waits shows up as a vagrant serial killer.

Matt: I was going to get to that.

Ryan: The tone of the film is what makes it a triumph, as McDonagh manages to land laughs alongside drama and violence, but all the while making an interesting commentary on the relationship of the author to the work he’s creating. It weaves in and out of clever reflection and briskly funny moments.

Matt: Yes, those fancy words mean that it’s funny and cool. Rockwell is fantastic, but it’s Walken who absolutely crushes it here. His work as Hans is so easily the best thing he’s done in a decade or two that doesn’t involve cowbell.

Ryan: Seven Psychopaths is one of those movies that stands out, not because it does something so perfect that you can’t help but love it, but because it is so relentlessly unique.

Matt: Again, let me say this: I liked it. A lot. And it had Colin Farrell in it. Game over.

Ryan: If you go in with an open mind, you’ll leave full of thoughts. In other words, we’re pretty crazy about Seven Psychopaths.

Editorial note: The Movieha podcast is produced in partnership with The Reader and is available at thereader.com.

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