Seven Psychopaths

Peace, love and understanding – ★★★

Everyone’s a psychopath or so Martin McDonagh would have you believe in his latest offering to the silver screen; Seven Psychopaths. Colin Farrell is Marty, the successful screenwriter with writer’s block and his only friend Billy (Sam Rockwell) is hell-bent on inspiring him no matter what it takes. 

Billy is in the dog kidnapping business with his good friend Hans (Christopher Walken) but when they kidnap Charlie’s dog (Woody Harrelson, the dog isn’t played by Woody, the film isn’t that odd) it unleashes (geddit!?) a scenario that just so happens to make for an enjoyable two hours. With Marty unable to pin down the bones (I’ll stop now) of his latest script the events unfolding in front of his eyes means the story writes itself.

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Martin McDonagh gets back to films. Enlists psychos.

Christopher Walken - one of Martin McDonagh's seven psychopaths. Won't have to act that much so.

Academy award winning Irish director Martin McDonagh has signed up to write and direct Seven Psychopaths, a new film from Blueprint Pictures with financing from Film4, the BFI Fund and CBS Films.

We’re both massive fans of In Bruges and McDonagh’s work here (though his brother John Michael? not so much…), so it’s great to see him giving theatre a break for a while and treating us to a new offering on the big screen.

The best thing about Seven Psychopaths is the cast that’s been announced. Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, Woody Harrelson and Tom Waits? Nice. McDonagh recently worked with Walken and Waits on separate theatre projects so I guess it’s not that much of a surprise but to get Rockwell and Farrell in there too? Veeery nice.

“Seven Psychopaths” is an action-comedy about a struggling screenwriter, to be played by Farrell, who “inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster’s beloved Shih Tzu,” according to CBS Films. Rockwell and Walken play the friends. Harrelson is the gangster.

- The Wrap

McDonagh is in a very special club of Academy Award winning Irish directors - he won in 2006 for his short film 'Six Shooter'; he was also nominated in 2009 for writing "In Bruges", but was pipped by Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.