WYSHW Double-Feature: In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths
Like I said last time, I want to give Martin McDonagh some lovin’, so here it is, my (very) brief analysis/review of two very underrated dark action comedies, In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths.
In Bruges is an assassin story unlike any other. After a rookie (Colin Farrel) accidentally murders a child in his path, the big man sends him off to recuperate in kitschy Bruges, Belgium – only to have him killed off. We are presented a classic game of cat and mouse but with some weird twists, involving film making, tourists, suicide, and dwarfs.
It’s easy to see how a film like this can be seen as a cult hit: it had a limited theatrical release in combination with a layered bait-and-switch plot which doesn’t fail to satisfy. Admittedly, the ending is wide open, but never-the-less enjoyable. Simply put, there isn’t another film out there like this one, at least, not that I can think of.
… That is, until Seven Psychopaths came along. Granted, SP does have a bigger budget and greater star power, but it’s still inexplicably weird. Most of you may recall the trailer focusing more on the dog-napping plot, but like In Bruges the actual story is much more layered.
The focus is actually on a struggling screen-writer (again, Colin Farrel) trying to put together a story that will blow people away, basing it on lives of those he considers to be “psychopaths.” The result is an action-comedy-meta-explosion (metasplosion?). The film itself was fairly successful, though it received mixed reviews. Perhaps some people just thought it was too strange – I say it gives the movie flavor. Seven Psychopaths is a good time all around, but there is still heart – you just have to find it.
Both of these films are wonderful and gritty in their own right, and ultimately incredibly surprising. If you were looking for a typical shoot em’ up, I’m afraid you’ll have to look elsewhere. Now if you were after entertaining crime thrillers sprinkled with existentialist themes, you’ve come to the right place – and you’re among friends.
Next time on What You Should Have Watched, Bill Murray.