Manics to mutts
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.