Quick Flick: Seven Psychopaths
By Laura Thompson
One shih-tzu, seven psychopaths. Written and directed by Martin McDonagh, Seven Psychopaths is the perfect example of why you go to the movies: to be entertained.
Marty (Colin Ferrell) is a screenwriter in Los Angeles who wants to write the next big psychopath movie, but he’s having trouble. Fortunately, his friends, Billy (Sam Rockwell) and Hans (Christopher Walken) are a bit psychopathic themselves: they are professional dog kidnappers who happen to kidnap the wrong dog.
Bonny the shih-tzu belongs to a notorious gangster, Charlie (Woody Harrelson). He will do whatever it takes to get the dog back, which launches Marty, Billy and Hans on a wild run for their lives in this dark comedy.
Seven Psychopaths is a dark and hilarious ride with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing but not too many to be confusing. Sam Rockwell kills it as the comical sidekick and steals the show. Woody Harrelson is the perfect villain with a little dog. He’s evil; he’s ruthless — he loves a tiny dog. While Collin Ferrell is normally bland and one-dimensional, it actually works for him in this film, which is very refreshing. Don’t let his starring role in this movie deter from seeing it; he really redeems himself. Only two words need to be said for any skeptics out there: Christopher Walken. Walken is at his most Walken-est. He brings the heart and a lot of the humor to this psycho story and really ties it all together. Bonus: Tom Waits is one of the most memorable psychopaths.
Seven Psychopaths is entertainment all the way through. It has the right amount of action, explosions, comedy and drama. It won’t disappoint and it will keep you on edge.