You know those days when you hurt all over, work’s being shitty and you narrowly avoid blowing up your kitchen? Time to retreat to bed with a bottle of wine and Colin Farrell.
16. Seven Psychopaths (2012)
A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster’s beloved Shih Tzu. Hilarity ensues.
The McDonagh brothers are a pair of clever bastards. John wrote and directed Calvary which I absolutely loved (aside from guessing the killer after 2 minutes because I recognised his voice) and Martin, who wrote and directed Seven Psychopaths, also created In Bruges which I think is a modern classic (and is also the film that made me stop dismissing Colin Farrell as a Crap Actor).
Seven Psychopaths is just glorious. Please see it. It’s violent but not unpleasantly so. It’s hilarious – a lot of the cast are known for playing oddball characters anyway (Christopher Walken, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell in particular) and you’d think might just let rip and have the scenery for breakfast, but they’re nuanced, not taking the piss (and this might actually be my favourite Christopher Walken performance of all time).
I could nitpick about a few bits – it’s slightly too meta for it’s own good (that’s a point lost right there for making me describe it as ‘meta’) and it might drag in a few tiny places, but on the whole, absolutely brilliant. 9/10 (2 points lost for being (and making me type) meta but 1 point added for Colin’s eyebrows, seriously how do they not have their own imdb listing yet? They’re like the 8th Wonder of the World).