A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster’s beloved Shih Tzu. (IMDb)
I’ve seen and/or read a couple of Martin McDonagh’s plays, and something I think he’s really good at is making you laugh and then make you question why you were laughing because the situation is horrible. Really specific, I know, but I think that’s an amazing quality. And it transferred over to this movie. This was really funny, really violent, and even really sad at times. Something else in the writing I loved were the little bits of movie business satire. I mean, you can’t have a movie about writing a movie without them. The ensemble cast is great together. This might be my favorite thing I’ve seen Christopher Walken in lately. Colin Farrell was great (although I was questioning what accent he was talking in for the first 10 minutes). Sam Rockwell was really funny. The whole monologue about how he wants the movie to end (paired with the visual of it) is probably the funniest part of the whole movie. Woody Harrelson was great as the hard ass gangster who has a soft spot for his dog. Overall, I thought this was great. It’s super messy and confusing at times, but it’s so fun and energetic you almost don’t care.