Man­ics to mutts

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

and di­rec­tor Martin Mc­Don­agh makes his Hol­ly­wood de­but with Seven Psychopaths, a film about mak­ing a Hol­ly­wood film. The fol­low up to his 2008 hit, In Bruges, the A-list cast in­cludes Christo­pher Walken, Woody Har­rel­son, Sam Rock­well and Colin Far­rell. Com­bin­ing a Char­lie Kauf­man/ Adap­ta­tion­style story with self-aware dark com­edy, gore and crime genre-de­con­struc­tion, for­mer play­wright Mc­Don­agh crams a lot into Seven Psychopaths. Far­rell is booz­ing screen­writer Marty, who loves the ti­tle of his movie, Seven Psychopaths, but strug­gles to put char­ac­ters on the page. His manic best friend Billy (Rock­well), who runs a dog­nap­ping busi­ness with Hans (Walken), is des­per­ate to help. Billy’s good in­ten­tions go awry when he kid­naps de­ranged gang­ster Char­lie’s (Har­rel­son) beloved shih tzu. The film ini­tially jumps all over the place as it re­veals its psychopaths – from a bunny-stroking mur­derer (Tom Waits) to a Viet­namese Bud­dhist and a se­rial killer who kills se­rial killers. But it be­comes more cen­tred as it un­rav­els, mak­ing the crazy, highly vi­o­lent ride worth it. The film’s un­pre­dictabil­ity is re­fresh­ing, its per­for­mances top-notch. In­tel­li­gent and witty, chaotic but fun, Seven Psychopaths is a riot.

opens to­day.

Christo­pher Walken

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