The story is...well...ok, so Colin Farrell plays Marty, a struggling screenwriter who drinks way too much and is having issues with his latest script called...Seven Psychopaths. (Wink, wink #1) His buddy, Billy Bickle (not Travis Bickle but he does talk to himself in a mirror at one point -wink, wink #2), played by Sam Rockwell, is a struggling actor who makes his money borrowing dogs and returning them for the reward money. Billy's partner in the dog borrowing business is Hans, played by Christopher Walken. Hans's wife, Myra, has breast cancer and is in the hospital. Their relationship is adorable by the way. He's just so dang cute with her. Anywhoodle, Billy and Hans steal a local mobster's dog (the local mobster is played by Woody Harrelson) and all hell breaks loose. Well, sort of. Here's where my pacing issue comes into play. The first half of the movie, while clever, funny and filled with action, felt slow. The three guys, while headed off to the desert to escape the angry mobster who just wants his dog back, actually talk about what the second half of the script should be like. Marty thinks it should be our main characters sitting around and talking. Billy thinks there needs to be a big shootout. So what happens in the second half of the movie? Well you have to go see it to see, but it's wink, wink #3.
The writing was good, the directing was great, the acting was phenomenal, and the dog totally stole the movie. She was too cute. Christopher Walken kinda stole the movie too but in a good way and not in a, "Hey, Walken's in this flick" way. If that makes any sense.
If you've seen and liked In Bruges then you'll like this one too. Writer/director Martin McDonagh actually seems to be scoring with this genre of violent, black comedies where Guy Ritchie has fallen short. I hope he always works with Farrell too. Not many directors can get these looks on that face: