Be careful, “Seven Psychopaths” are coming!
I really enjoy meetings with people from the film industry. When there is a Q&A after the screening, you have an occasion to ask about all your thoughts, doubts and queries. The amazing opportunity, especially when the movie is so tangled and complicated like e.g. David Lynch’s productions. When I found out that there is a Q&A with Martin McDonagh I have immediately decided to go. There was a premiere of his new movie “Seven Psychopaths” in one of my favorite cinemas in London, Everyman Cinema in Hampstead. I really like their cozy sofas and the fact that instead of popcorn&Coke you can have a tasty snack and a glass of wine.
But let’s go back to the movie. I really like the previous film by McDonagh, “In Bruges”, so I knew that I want to see his next project. I also respect him as an director. In Hollywood he’s still kind of “rebellious” and independent character, with his own style. He’s not only the director, but also a scriptwriter. I am wondering if he’s going to be the next popular and true “author” in Hollywood’s cinema.
One of the biggest advantage in “Seven Psychopaths” is the cast. Christopher Walken (I was wondering during the movie when did he get that old?), Colin Farrell who played also in “In Bruges” and no matter what you say about his acting, he is quite good in playing goofy characters (and also good looking). And a cherry on top: a small part with the great and charismatic Tom Waits.
Film tells us the story of a writer Marty (Farell), who’s got a perfect idea for the script. No, wait, actually, he’s got a perfect… title. He knows that it’s going to be “Seven Psychopaths”. But he’s struggling with finishing the story. We all know that. We have an idea, a brilliant idea, we’re so happy and then it turns out that it’s not enough. That it’s just the beginning. Marty also doesn’t want the story to be violent. And as we all know, the best stories are written by life. Which means that Marty will meet many crazy people (psychopaths) on his way to perfect scenario. And, believe, there is going to be a lot of violence.
We can divide two parts in this movie, the first one when Marty talks about his ideas for the psychopaths and the second one, when he actually has to deal with them in the real life. I enjoyed the second part more, it’s more coherent, you can really pay attention and focus on the story. I really like McDonagh’s ideas, he’s very creative, he’s got a great sense of humour (and taste for the music!) and I believe that there is a great future in front of him.
During the Q&A the director tried to answer to questions and queries. But not to all. There were also questions about his previous project, “In Bruges”. He did not want to say what is his own interpretation of the open ending and what’s really happened at the end. Maybe it’s better? We don’t have to know everything. I know that it is often frustrating, when you’re waiting for the whole film and you don’t get the answer. But on the other hand, isn’t this a great feeling, when you can be a scriptwriter for a moment and create your own ending?