Monday, October 15, 2012
“Seven Psychopaths” is not the worst movie of the year but comes pretty close. When the best things about a movie are a 1971 red Cadillac convertible and Colin Farrell’s eyebrows you know you are in trouble. Martin McDonagh, the writer and director of “In Bruges”, an entertaining film, also wrote and directed this film which is suppose to be a movie within a movie or is it? It appears to be a comedy about criminals, crimes, murderers and, yes, psychopaths. How are you suppose to laugh when men are shot directly in the head, women in the stomach, one person slits another person’s neck and then a man commits suicide slitting his neck, all shown on screen? Is it funny watching people being cruel to each other and more blood being splattered than in an action movie?
When a movie has the word ‘psychopaths’ in the title you know high on a witer/director’s list will be Christopher Walken and Woody Harrelson and here they are, not overplaying their roles which is a plus. Sam Rockwell as one of the seven, though not listed as such, does get a little hammy but, to get back to them, not as scenery chewing as Ferrell’s eyebrows--they deserve a credit of their own for entertainment.
The women have very small and demeaning roles in the film and I am still trying to figure out why Gabourey Sidibe. even took her role.
This is a very violent movie that is played for laughs but isn’t funny!