2008’s In Bruges burst onto the cinematic landscape with its combination of dark, dry humor, witty musings and situational eccentricities, all powered along by the superbly nuanced Colin Farrell, the begrudgingly self-aware Brendan Gleeson, and the potently sharp scrawlings of rookie Irish-filmmaker Martin McDonagh. The film announced two things: Colin Farrell is one hell of an actor when he wants to be (he won a Golden Globe for the role and should have won an Oscar if you ask mne), and McDonagh is a storyteller of the highest caliber.
Easily one of my favorite films of 2008—the script was Oscar-nominated for best original screenplay—In Bruges was a breath of fresh air in the realm of genre-blending, the story more organic to its characters rather than forced narrative devices based upon status quo. That is why I’m so darn excited about McDonagh’s and Farrell’s new project: Seven Psychopaths.
As if teaming these two mega talents once again wasn’t good enough, McDonagh has added a veritable who’s who of cinephile favorites like: Christopher Walken, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Abbie Cornish and the always sickly-looking Zeljko Ivanek.
The story follows Farrell (named Marty ironically), a struggling screenwriter who’s bent on finding inspiration for his current project by immersing himself in a world of wackos and criminals.
There’s dog-napping, Harrelson playing as a gangster with a tattoo on his neck, and—honestly, do I even have to tell you anymore? Just go see this when it comes out, or we’re not going to be friends anymore.
The film is set to debut this October. Here's Colin Farrell accepting the Best Actor Golden Globe for In Bruges: