Sunday, October 14, 2012
Seven Psychopaths is actually quite similar to In Bruges. The main differences are the location and the actors. Instead of a film set in Belgium starring Brendan Gleeson, Colin Farrell and Ralph Fiennes, you've got a Los Angeles-set film starring Farrell, Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson. (In those exact roles nonetheless.)
Apparently McDonagh has a penchant for three particular characters: the disoriented average Joe (played here by Rockwell), the straight man (Farrell) and the trigger-crazy madman (Harrelson). I'm not complaining, mind you. I just wonder if his future films will have those specific characters.
Anyway, onto the actors. Rockwell was my favorite with Farrell and Harrelson a close second. Christopher Walken and Tom Waits were also quite entertaining. Oh, and the cameos by Michael Stuhlbarg, Michael Pitt and Harry Dean Stanton were a nice bonus. I must say, McDonagh knows how to pick choice actors.
Seven Psychopaths is a little better than In Bruges but not by a significant amount. The actors are entertaining as is McDonagh's script. Try to catch it when it's in theaters because there's a certain allure to it that way.
My Rating: ****1/2