I did something very unusual during this film. I went to watch it on the day of its opening night. I was really looking forward to it based on the clips I'd seen in the cinema.
The clips made the film look very funny however when you watch the film you quickly discover this is more "dark" than comedic.
What are my thoughts? Come closer, there's more.....
The Director Martin McDonagh was the guy that brought us the brilliant "In Bruges" which if you haven't seen it, you must!
This film features some of my favourite actors including Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Colin Farrell and the guy with the scariest onscreen presence bar Darth Vader, Christopher Walken.
So now you know the names of the actors, let me tell you about how their roles appeared on screen.
Marty (Farrell) is a struggling writer who dreams of finishing his screenplay which is called "Seven Psychopaths".
Billy (Rockwell) is Marty's best friend, an unemployed actor and part time dog thief, who wants to help Marty by any means necessary.
Marty is described by his friends as having a drink problem whereas he says he doesn’t see a problem with liking a drink.
He believes that all he needs is a little focus and inspiration.
Hans (Walken) is Billy's partner in crime. A religious man with a violent past. Charlie (Harrelson) plays an "I will kill you as soon as look at you" type of gangster whose beloved dog, Billy and Hans have just stolen.
Charlie is unpredictable, extremely violent and wouldn't think twice about killing anyone or anything associated with the theft. Marty is going to get all the focus and inspiration he needs, just as long as he lives to tell the tale.
All the characters in this film made me chuckle but also consider that the twists associated with the characters makes them very interesting due to the complexity of each one but the title of the film also made me curious and want to know "What is a psychopath?"
Here's one attempted definition;
Psychopathy is a personality disorder that has been variously described as characterized by shallow emotions (in particular reduced fear), stress tolerance, lacking empathy, cold heartedness, egocentricity, superficial charm, manipulativeness, irresponsibility, impulsivity, criminality, antisocial behaviours such as lacking guilt and living a parasitic lifestyle.
Now based on the above definition we have to admit to knowing people with some of the above character traits? I have to be honest and say that I have been called most of the above by the various trail judges I’ve had to face (I ain't plaguing you!)
Some critics have panned this film but I have to be honest and say that it reminded me of stuff that Tarrentino has done.
I loved it but do be aware of the subject matter and if you're taking Mum or Granny to the cinema to watch a film then do watch this (suitably appropriate pause) by yourself and leave them in the food court wolfing down popcorn while you go watch the real wolves on screen doing their thing....
P.s. Did I enjoy this film due to being emotionally cold, lacking empathy, egocentric, etc because I'm a psychopath or because I just lack good taste?
I'm not saying on that if in the scene of Enter The Dragon where Mr Han puts the fluffy white cat into the guillotine and Roper takes it out, I would have released the lever, skinned the cat, eaten the carcass then worn the fur as a bag of honour....