Marty is a Hollywood writer who is struggling to find inspiration in writing his latest screenplay, Seven Psychopaths. His best friend Billy, an unemployed actor, whose primary income comes from a dog stealing scam where he returns people's stolen dogs for reward money. Through an inadvertent series of events, Marty and Billy find themselves caught in the middle of a Los Angeles criminal underworld when Billy steals a Shih Tzu that happens to be owned by a major crime boss. Martin McDonagh's Seven Psychopaths is an extremely fun, witty film that relies on a great script and fun, off-beat characters to create a highly engaging experience. The film is a great example of how tone dictates a films intentions in that while Seven Psychopaths is an incredibly violent film, you never really feel that disgusted or affected because of the light, playful tone. It's really impressive how McDonagh's script balances the tone and characters in creating some somber and heartfelt moments while still keeping such a light atmosphere. From an acting standpoint, everyone is extremely well cast with Sam Rockwell and Colin Farrell, with Christopher Walken really stealing the film as a deeply religious man with a checked past. It also has a nice duality, how Marty's screenplay begins to mimic and almost run parallel to the story creating a lot of nice opportunities to play with genre conventions and story structure. If I had one complaint about Seven Psychopaths it would be that McDonagh seems to think that the film is more profound than it actually is in its message but ultimately this barely matters cause the film is such a great time.
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