Seven Psychopaths, 2012.
Written and Directed by Martin McDonagh.
Starring Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken, Tom Waits, Abbie Cornish, Olga Kurylenko, Željko Ivanek, Michael Pitt, Gabourey Sidibe, Kevin Corrigan, Michael Stuhlbarg and Harry Dean Stanton.
Christopher Walken, as Billy’s friend Hans, is also on the top of his game. In fact all of the main cast give excellent performances – Farrell and Woody Harrelson, both are brilliant alongside Rockwell and Walken. Apart from Farrell’s character the other 3 parts, like Rockwell’s, might have been played up and to the extreme by far less competent actors, but all are spot on in their subtlety.
When viewing this film you really need to be patient with it at the start, understand why it’s taking its time to get going and appreciate the craftsmanship that has gone in to it and you will be handsomely reward once the 2nd act begins and by the final act you will be very much satisfied as all the strands come together. There is also a very touching story at it’s heart about friendship, and no matter how strange, or even crazy, some of our friends can be when there is mutual affection and trust we’ll stick by them.
Smart, witty and deathly dark in it’s humour, Seven Psychopaths is one of the best films I’ve seen in a long time.
Flickering Myth Rating: Film ★ ★ ★ ★ / Movie ★ ★ ★ ★