Anyone who saw 2008’s In Bruges knew that they were witnessing the arrival of a cinematic talent. Sure, Martin McDonagh had already made a name for himself as a successful playwright, but In Bruges really got the attention of the mainstream (myself included). Hell, his brother, John Michael McDonagh wrote and directed last year’s critically-acclaimed The Guard (the most successful Irish independent film of all time), so there seems to be a natural talent for storytelling in the McDonagh family.
There’s no doubt about it, when you have a film as darkly comic, effortlessly stylish, and critically-lauded as In Bruges, you tend to garner a certain amount of credibility. Martin McDonagh is currently the director and writer that all the big names want to work with. Why? Well imagine the shot in the arm it can give an actor’s career to work with such an acclaimed director, still on his way up? Like a filmic defibrillator, applied to your career, the awards people take notice, and suddenly you’re cool again. What’s not to like? Don’t believe me? May I point you in the direction of previous examples, such as Tarantino, Q. and Soderbergh, S.
What’s that? You want further proof? Well, how’s about the cast for his latest film, Seven Psychopaths? We have: Colin Farrell (natch), Abbie Cornish, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken, Olga Kurylenko, Tom Waits and Gabourey Sidibe. Not bad, right?
I mean, with a title like that, most people’s interest would be piqued, but a glance at that cast-list would induce most right-thinking moviegoers into a frenzied stampede to their latest multiplex, demanding tickets with mad vigour. So what’s this new film about then? It’s that screenwriter’s favourite: a struggling screenwriter. Here played by Colin Farrell, the poor scamp somehow manages to unintentionally embroil himself in the world of Los Angeles organised crime when some of his questionable friends kidnap a mobster’s dog.
Plenty of potential there, you might think. Especially when you consider how much In Bruges made of a couple of bored hitmen in Europe’s premier medieval city.
We can expect to catch this promising piece in around October time, since that’s when our American cousins will be getting their teeth into it. Watch the trailer below, and then feel free to gnash your teeth in rage, and type a comment with angry fingers if you disagree, or be nice. Your choice.