The Top 10 Movies Of 2012: Eric's List
#2: Seven Psychopaths
Walking into the theater to see Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths I have to admit that I wasn’t feeling the level of expectation that I expected. As a big fan of McDonagh’s only other directorial effort, 2008’s In Bruges, I was thinking that the Irish filmmaker’s latest would be good, but perhaps not as good. I ended up being completely wrong.
An epically weird story of a screenwriter and his two friends (Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, and Christopher Walken) who steal a gangster’s dog and must go on the run, the film is a genius meta comedy that not only impresses with fun characters and performances, but serves as a great meditation on violence and its place in our culture. The trio topping the film has some of the best chemistry you’ll see, and because of the eccentricities of the characters you never know what is going to hop out of the sack of crazy next, and having Woody Harrelson playing the shih tzu-loving madmen with the gun chasing them down is almost too much, but ends up being just the right amount. There are only two movies that I gave five stars in 2012, and Seven Psychopaths earns its place as one of them. (Read my full review here)
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