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My Odd Day With Seven Psychopaths September 26, 2012

Posted by Alichat in Humor, Life, Movies.
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Yesterday was a really odd day.   Usually Mondays are the weird days, but this time it was Tuesday.   It felt weird from the moment I woke up, after oversleeping.   It got humorous at lunch when two oblivious women stepped out in front of my car, then froze like Dug the Dog from Up. *** SQUIRREL!!***  Later at the theatre, a woman in line collapses and is taken away by EMTs. Abby trips down the stairs leaving the theatre, and some kid who looked like he was 9 (but was hanging with a group of 14 year olds) tried to get cocky with me.  Weird right?

And still, today, I really don’t know how to describe this movie.  I think I’ve said that a 100 times now since exiting the theatre last night.  It’s funny and violent and absurd and twisted and abstract and shocking.  Abby said it reminded her of Cabin In The Woods in that it’s hard to describe without giving too much away.  I think I agree.  Seven Psychopaths is an original script written and directed by Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh.  He reunites with his In Bruges lead Colin Ferrell, who portrays Marty, an alcoholic screenwriter with a big case of writer’s block and a bad habit of getting mixed up in some dangerous situations. Rounding out the cast are Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Tom Waits, Abbie Cornish,  Olga Kurylenko, Zeljko Ivanek, and a Shih Tzu named Bonny.

The plot is at a basic level this: Marty can’t write, so he drinks. He insults his girlfriend, so he ends up crashing with this best friend Billy (Sam Rockwell).  Marty soon discovers that Billy, an out of work actor,  has an odd way of making money.  He and his friend Hans (Christopher Walken) kidnap people’s dogs, then return them for the reward money offered by the owners.  We soon discover that Hans is pulling off these heists for more personal reasons.  Billy….not so much.  Well that’s not entirely true. His is also for a personal reason……a lunatic, yet personal reason.  But I digress, Billy makes the mistake of dog-napping Bonny the Shih Tzu, beloved dog of Charlie (Woody Harrelson), the gangster with serious issues.  Charlie demands his crew find his dog, and thus bad things ensue.  Swirling through the film is the development of Marty’s screenplay, ‘Seven Psychopaths,’ told in visual narration, flashbacks, and a few meta moments.

As I said, hard to explain.  I can say this….it’s rated R for a reason.  Lots of blood.  Lots of violence.  Lots of guns, and some very un-PC language.  (There was a couple that left 30 minutes into the film.)  It is a comedy, and it’s really very funny.  It’s oddball humor, sometimes gross and uncomfortable, like the scene where Marty, Billy (Rockwell), and Hans (Walken) debate the logic of an eye-for-an-eye justice, or how Charlie (Harrelson) has to fix his favorite pistol, which characteristically jams, as he’s trying to shoot someone in the head.  Walken, as the pacifist Hans, was charmingly eccentric and sweet. (Honestly, how can you not love Christopher Walken??)  Rockwell and Harrelson play ‘lunatic’ well, and Colin Ferrell was wonderful as “the normal one.”  I loved the movie.  It’s one of the few films that has actually startled me, making me literally gasp and jump at certain moments.

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