Rated 82% on Rotten Tomatoes, this movie seemed like a perfect, easy choice to rent off iTunes on a lazy Sunday evening. It took us 30 seconds to decide and click Purchase.
It took me about 45 seconds of watching to know that I wasn’t going to like that movie. The senseless violence in the opening scene, the dumb dialog and stilted acting just turned me off immediately.
I can’t really claim that I watched it. After about 20 minutes of hanging on, trying to find something good and worthwhile that I might get out of it, I gradually fell asleep. This was followed by 30 minutes of fitful dozing, hearing senseless talk and swearing, as I drifted in and out of violent dreams. I woke up, brought out the Kindle and read for a while, until my attention got drawn back to the screen in the last 20 minutes.
To me, watching The Seven Psychopaths was not an enjoyable experience in any way. It was more like a nightmare, literally, since I slept through some of it.
I cannot really tell the story; was there one?
The graphic violence pissed me off and repelled me. Not that I am always opposed to graphic violence. Read my review of Django Unchained to be convinced. But the violence and brutality in this movie didn’t fit and didn’t work for me. It was not there to impart a message. It was just there because the movie wanted it. That was not enough for me.
I know, the critics liked it, most audiences like it, people say they want to see it twice to really get it.
To me, it just really sucked.