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Seven Psychopaths

by Kevin Taft
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Saturday Feb 2, 2013
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Sort of a "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang" style of comedy, Martin McDonagh’s "Seven Psychopaths" is a pitch perfect follow-up to his comedy/thriller "In Bruges." The story of a Hollywood screenwriter (Colin Farrell) trying to write a script for which he has only a title, he teams up with his actor best friend (Sam Rockwell) to try to come up with seven psychopaths to use as characters. Before you can say, Shih Tzu, the two are running for their lives from real psychopaths that are all in some way involved in a dog-napping scheme. Whackiness ensues with an all-star cast including Christopher Walken, Gabourey Sidibe, Michael Pitt, Harry Dean Stanton, Tom Waits, Woody Harrelson, and Abbie Cornish. While I could have done without the slew of "fag" and "gay" insults, it probably befits the characters, so I can let it slide, although there are smarter ways to insult someone. Just saying. Still, with the gross-out violence, a number of clever fantasy sequences, and a sly style, this comedy is unpredictable and often hilarious.

The Blu-ray looks nice enough, but the feature stands on its own. The Special Features seem like filler and don’t add much to the experience. There are six very short featurettes that look like extended trailers. They discuss the film itself, the locations used in the movie, Colin Farrell and Woody Harrellson’s characters, and a throwaway edit about the "Layers" in the film. The last is a fan-made trailer using cats as stand-ins for the cast called "Seven Psychocats."

"Seven Psychopaths"
Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack
$35.99
www.sonypictures.com

Kevin Taft is a screenwriter/critic living in Los Angeles with an unnatural attachment to ’Star Wars’ and the desire to be adopted by Steven Spielberg. He can be seen in the flesh on the weekly PBS movie review series "Just Seen It."

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