SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS and THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER are very different kinds of movies, but they're both worth seeing; and neither will be in local theaters much longer.
Believe it or not, SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS is more an outrageous comedy rather than a crime thriller
while THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER is a terrific coming-of-age drama about a sensitive teenage boy, written and directed by Stephen Chbosky, the author who wrote the novel the movie is based on.
Logan Lerman is Charlie, a high school freshman in the early 1990's. Charlie feels like a complete outsider until he's befriended by a half sister and brother played by Emma Watson (from the Harry Potter movies) and Ezra Miller, who shines here as a gay boy who happens to be the coolest kid in their school.
The movie really captures what it feels like to be a high school student: the struggles, the hope, and yes, even the fun.
THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER also understands much about friendship and romantic relationships. Charlie has a huge crush on the Emma Watson character who despite her popularity has never found a good boyfriend.
Emma: Why do I and everyone I love pick people who treat us like we're nothing?
Charlie: We accept the love we think we deserve.
THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER is aimed at teenagers but anyone who remembers those years will find a lot to identify with.
I almost didn't see SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS because I'd heard it was full of violence. What I didn't realize is that the movie is also a very funny mind game that's both fiendishly clever and wildly entertaining. It's written and directed by Martin McDonagh, who gave us the wonderful IN BRUGES a few years ago.
In this film Colin Farrell plays Marty, a screenwriter trying to write a movie about seven psychopaths. And during the course of this movie, he's drawn into the lives of some really crazy criminals that his friend Billy (played by Sam Rockwell) believes should be incorporated into Marty's script.
Billy himself works for Christopher Walken as Hans, an odd old guy who kidnaps rich people's dogs and then returns them either for rewards or ransom. But the dognapping turns dangerous when he takes the dog of a crazed canine loving gangster played by Woody Harrelson.
Real experiences and imaginary events get intertwined in SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS to the point where, like the screenwriter, you don't know whether to laugh or cringe. As my wife says, it's "bloody funny."