DVD Review

Seven Psychopaths

DOG DAYS Colin Farrell and Sam Rockwell steal a dog from a crime boss
Image credit: Chuck Zlotnick
DOG DAYS Colin Farrell and Sam Rockwell steal a dog from a crime boss
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Genre: Comedy; With: Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson and Christopher Walken; Distributor: CBS Films

If Quentin Tarantino had kept making talky, small-scale crime films like Reservoir Dogs instead of broadening his bloodsoaked canvas with epics about WWII and the antebellum South, he might have found a competitor in Martin McDonagh. With his first two features In Bruges (2008, 1 hr., 47 mins, R) and the new-to-DVD Seven Psychopaths (2012, 1 hr., 50 mins, R), the British-Irish playwright has become the new bard of bickering hitmen. And if you're into sociopaths cracking wise between bursts of bullets, these two movies make a terrific double feature. In Bruges, the better and less self-conscious of the pair, stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as killers lying low in a quaint medieval Belgian town after botching a job. There, they riff and take in the sights until their boss (Ralph Fiennes, doing his best Bob Hoskins Cockney pitbull act) arrivess to make them pay for their sins. Farrell steals the show—it's his best turn since 2000's Tigerland. So it's no surprise that McDonagh orbits the dizzy and demented Seven Psychopaths around him as well. This time, Farrell plays an alcoholic screenwriter who struggles with a script about loony guns-for-hire and finds inspiration hanging out with real-life loose cannons like Christopher Walken's ascot-wearing dog kidnapper. If that alone doesn't convince you to check out these two merry prankster comedies, I don't know what will. B+
Originally posted Jan 16, 2013 Published in issue #1243-1244 Jan 25, 2013 Order article reprints