Monday, October 8, 2012

Seven Psychopaths Review - 3½ Stars

Christopher Walken just gets quirkier and crazier and more delightful as he morphs into a bizarre old man.  In “Seven Psychopaths” he plays a dognapper — that is a guy who kidnaps dogs and then returns them for the reward.  Walken sets the movie’s wacky plot into motion by dognapping psycho Woody Harrelson’s beloved “Fluffy.” As the movie begins, two gangsters discuss their life and work with hilarious consequences.  Then we meet Colin Farrell, a struggling screenwriter getting a little nudge from his friend Sam Rockwell on his script titled “Seven Psychopaths.”  Evidently Colin can’t see the psychopaths that surround his daily life.  “Seven Psychopaths” adds hilarious dialog to its very funny title and cooks up situations that quickly turn laugh out loud funny.   Walken, Rockwell, Farrell and Harrelson wind up in an ironic desert shootout.  After the movie I discovered the other old guy who caught my attention—as an over the hill psychopath constantly holding and petting a rabbit—Tom Waits, who pops up for a hilarious coda.  “Seven Psychopaths” always surprises with hilarious twists and turns.  It gets a little talkie toward the end, but redeems itself marvelously.  Does it deliver what it promises?  Hilarious psycho thriller comedy.  Is it entertaining?  Hilarious.  Is it worth the price of admission?  One of the year’s most fun and funny.