This film has definitely got to be a unique one in the comedy realm. There is a death in nearly every scene and they are very graphic! The directors must have had some dark humor going on when they wrote this one. Although, I was nearly falling off my seat as the movie went on so I definitely liked it! The way the movie was filmed, up close, makes the entire film more personal and easy to follow. Full rating from me!
I reject McDonagh's distant and shallow ouevre. It's fast and exciting, and also dead and deadening. I've read his plays, seen his movies. The prose is impressive but the imagination -- the poetry -- is empty. Dazzling style in service of cynical posturing. Not wit, but polished sniggering. Stars for technical competence, none for substance.
This brilliantly weird film follows Donnelly through the worst day of his life. The sharp contrast between Donnelly and the lad he meets on the train make for interesting dialogue and interaction. Throughout the film, multiple seemingly insignificant details come together for a twisted climax and anti-climatic ending.
Black humour doesn't come blacker, or better acted or funnier .. or harder to watch. Great dialogue and Irish humour (Dublin, the city that never sweeps) the young lad is hilarious, and Gleeson is at his best. But like the other McDonagh's Calvary, there is depth and humanity. A brilliant short.
I liked this but even as a short it feels more like a series of sketches tacked together, with zero time for plot development. Have always been a fan of Brendan Gleeson but the young kid on the train really gave me the shits, which was probably the intention.
The only way to survive this macabre pitch black journey is to laugh uncomfortably along the way. Definitely not one for everyone. On a different note, has anyone else noticed McDonagh’s penchant for including numbers in his titles, though? Six Shooter. Seven Psychopaths. 3 Billboards. Ok, you got me with In Bruges. But three out of four ain’t bad.
McDonagh is so damn good. Full of darker-than-antimatter-black humor, "Six Shooter" pulls no punches in embracing a fully nihilistic agenda. And as dark as it is, it's funny as all hell. At times, you actually feel bad for laughing so loud. And that ending. Holy shit. So brutal. The best. I can't count the number of times I've seen this film, but I assure you that it's not enough.
McDonagh's first film is a sharp cocktail of biting humour and immense sadness with dashes of surrealism. He introduces intriguing, if not entirely likeable characters, which now populate his cinematic world, most recently in 'Three Billboards'. That film seems to be conveying a deeper, more thoughtful message, but this 27 minute short arguably gets its point across with as much clarity and conviction.