Marty is a struggling writer lacking focus and inspiration. Nonetheless, he dreams of finishing his screenplay. When his part-time dognapper best friend steals a psychopathetic gangster’s dog, inspiration strikes. Now, Marty just needs to live to tell the tale.
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The comparisons to Tarantino are definitely relevant, for once. I enjoy a few Tarantino films but I can't say they require me to think much. McDonagh, on the other hand, I think is an incredibly intelligent movie maker and is willing to take many risks. I can't understand why this film didn't work for so many people. It treads a very hard to tread line of being very tense and very funny...
Vastly entertaining, funny and surprising. McDonagh makes Tarantino irrelevant in his comic demolitions of the stupidity of violence and its perpetrators, and his meta-cinematic games never curdle into cutesy gimmickry like Jonze and Kaufman's tedious ADAPTATION.
Seven Psychopaths (2012) is the post-Tarantino era of quirky criminals with rapid-paced dialog, from the craft perspective of Adaptation (2002). What makes it work is that every character is batshit in their own unique and consistent way, so they don't all sound like the same person. The second of McDonagh's films where everyone agrees the shootout must happen, but are inept at how to set it up. -- PolarisDiB
Pretty weak. I do still love Same Rockwell, Christopher Walken, and Tom Waits! If only the movie was just Tom Waits's storyline. Who wouldn't want to see Tom Waits killing off serial killers with a black wife? Such a miss opportunity! The movie made me laugh alright but not as much as In Bruges. I didn't really feel anything for the characters. A big ole MEH.
I'm so happy Seven Psychopaths didn't turn out to be the mid-90s dollar store Tarantino clone the trailer hinted it would be. Sam Rockwell is hysterical, Christopher Walken is magical and for as trite as the plot sounds, Martin McDonagh pulls it off quite well. The dialogue had me laughing out loud even if the storytelling was slightly uneven. A hell of a lot of fun regardless.