Seven Psychopaths

Seven Psychopaths is a dark and bloody comedy featuring a highly talented ensemble. The cast members portray hilarious and interesting characters that are able to deliver humor against a backdrop of violence and crime. The dialogue is smart and filled with quick wit, as well as terrific delivery that solidifies the on screen chemistry. Though the movie can feel overly ridiculous in its genre teasing, its dark humor, and its witty charm create an enjoyable experience.

With the ensemble that Seven Psychopaths touted it wasn’t hard to be instantly hooked. Although I had missed the director’s previous movie, In Bruges, I wasn’t going to miss Seven Psychopaths.

Seven Psychopaths is about a writer, Marty, who is struggling to write his latest screenplay. His dedicated friend, Billy, believes in his Marty’s talent so much that he is willing to do anything to help him get focused and get inspired. However, Billy’s personal dognapping ventures begin to seep in to Marty’s life and things get hectic for Marty.

The movie’s plot is strange but fun. The fact that the title of the movie that Marty is writing is called, Seven Psychopaths, opens up for a lot of great meta humor. At times the movie has a very strong Adaptation vibe to it as well as the same genre-teasing feel that was seen in Cabin in the Woods earlier this year. I liked the way Seven Psychopaths handled this more than with Cabin in the Woods. (Vague Cabin Spoilers) Cabin teased its genre to the point where it became radically silly, but Psychopaths is able to lean on the fourth wall without truly breaking it. This allows for some chaotic shifts in tone throughout the movie, ranging from humor one minute to eerie and dark moments the next.

I was caught off guard by how dark the humor was. The trailer set it up as a comedy but even still it was a surprise. The movie is violent, bloody, and at times suspenseful, but the wit and charm of the movie keeps the audience laughing even when characters are gushing blood on screen. I also loved the dialogue among the characters. Fast, smart, and genuinely funny the chemistry and delivery among the cast brings out the smart dialogue.

The performances in this movie, needless to say, are phenomenal. Personally, Sam Rockwell stole the show. His character is chaotic and unpredictable as well as earnest and loyal. His energy stole most of the scenes and really sold the movie for me. Walken of course, was able to meet the crazy nature of Rockwell as well as deliver some truly moving scenes. The whole cast solidifies the entire movie and is able to save it from moments when things get a little too loose.

A seemingly aimless nature left the movie feeling a tad too long. There are areas where the movie indulges too much in it’s genre teasing and becomes a little over whelming. Luckily, it’s able to redeem itself from its indulgences. The loose feeling is mostly found in the beginning of the movie but fortunately the last half comes together and hits its stride delivering some strong comedic scenes.

Seven Psychopaths is a dark and bloody comedy featuring a highly talented ensemble. The cast members portray hilarious and interesting characters that are able to deliver humor against a backdrop of violence and crime. The dialogue is smart and filled with quick wit, as well as  terrific delivery that solidifies the on screen chemistry. Though the movie can feel overly ridiculous in its genre teasing, its dark humor, and its witty charm create an enjoyable experience.

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