Director: Martin McDonagh
Starring: Colin Farrell; Sam Rockwell; Woody Harrelson; Christopher Walken.
Plot: A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster’s beloved Shih Tzu.
Coming from Martin McDonagh, the guy who brought us In Bruges (2008), the bar was bound to be high going into this one and thus the dark sense of humour presented in his first feature length venture had to be replicated here. It was. With Sam Rockwell taking the reigns on the majority of laugh out loud moments, and Woody Harrelson and Christopher Walken addingdifferent layers of outrageous and subtle comedy respectively, there was barely a scene to be missed in this one.
Similar to In Bruges, Colin Farrell’s leading character was one that could be likened to a Deer in the headlights. Ie, completely unaware of most things that are going on around him until thrust into the situation. This lends its hand to the audience who therefore connect with him a little more as they are turned one direction and then another just as often as the lead character, bringing about an empathy to his point of view on, and therefore the general presentation of, the psychopaths involved in the story.
If you liked In Bruges at all, or just want to watch a very good dark comedy with hints of Tarantino thrown in, then watch this movie. It’s excellent.