Film review: Seven Psychopaths

GRAEME TUCKETT
Last updated 10:23 08/01/2013
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CRAZY GUY: Christopher Walken in Seven Psychopaths.

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Seven Psychopaths (R16)(110 min)

Directed by Martin McDonagh

Starring Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken.

A film about a failed Irish screenwriter in Hollywood, who places an ad' in a newspaper asking for psychopaths to contact him with their stories, and who then finds himself in the middle of a plot that only a failed screenwriter could have concocted.

Could it be that Irish playwright and director of the sensational In Bruges Martin McDonagh is having a wee laugh at his own career and profession?

With Colin Farrell doing what he generally does, Sam Rockwell doing the same but better, and a cast of your favourite support players - including Tom Waits, Woody Harrelson, Harry Dean Stanton, and the inevitable Christopher Walken - all turning up to mutter quirky dialogue and wave guns at each other, Seven Psychopaths plays out like a parody of Tarantino from someone who's read a lot of Samuel Beckett.

Which, I'd guess, is exactly what it is.

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