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MOVIE OF THE WEEK: ‘Seven Psychopaths’ surprises with excellent dark comedy

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PRESTON WALTER

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Seven Psychopaths is a dark comedy that crosses the dialogue of Aaron Sorkin and the violent action of Quentin Tarantino to create a movie that is very out of the box and unusual.

The movie was written and directed by  Martin Mcdonagh, who gave us another great dark comedy, In Bruges. It follows the story of screenwriter Marty, played by Colin Farrell, as he is struggling with writing his new script, although he has the title, “Seven Psychopaths.” He ends up enlisting the help of one of his friends, Billy, played by Sam Rockwell, as he is involved in the criminal underworld, kidnapping dogs with Christopher Walken’s character, Hans. Marty ends up getting mixed into the criminal underworld after Billy and Hans take the dog of a Psychopath called Charlie played by Woody Harrelson.

The whole movie is filled with meta humor and even makes fun of the typical hollywood cliches and tropes we’ve come to see in many movies. Mcdonagh really knows how to direct these films that are full of dark and brooding situations and make them utterly hilarious. He’s able to even take the famous Gandhi saying of “An eye for an eye makes the world go blind” and take a funny and hilarious spin on the saying.

Mcdonagh is able to pull together a really stellar cast that all give stellar performances because of the impeccable script he wrote. Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson really stand up but the person who surprised me the most was Christopher Walken. Mcdonagh is able to make Christopher Walken actually good in a movie for a change and he’s really good as his character Hans.

Seven Psychopaths is not a movie for everyone but if you enjoy dark humor than is very cynical of itself then give Seven Psychopaths a try. It has a stellar cast, a great acting, good humor and flawless directing from Mcdonagh.

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