Since the release of his film In Bruges in 2008, Martin McDonagh has solidified himself as one of the most daring and creative film directors in Hollywood. Prior to his film-making career, McDonagh had made a presence as a gifted playwright, directing and writing such plays as The Lonesome West, The Pillowman, and A Behanding in Spokane. The brilliance McDonagh had personified as a playwright transitioned to the Big Screen, with each film maintaining a level of dark humor, violence, and themes of redemption, leaving the audience bewildered by his stories. McDonagh’s directorial style of films will not meet your needs if you are into big budget and action-packed blockbuster, rather McDonagh uses the action and violence in his films to create a narrative around the film’s plot. No character in his film is perfect, or even out right “good” for that matter, but the characters relate to the imperfection of each human who watches these films. On the surface, McDonagh’s films can be perceived as excessively gory with vile characters, but each film parlays a deeper meaning of what it means to be human, and arises questions about ethics and forgiveness. Although McDonagh has only directed four films, it is the quality, not quantity that counts. With that in mind, here is the list of all 4 Martin McDonagh’s films ranked in order from good to best.
4. Six Shooter (2004)
Six Shooter is by no means a bad film, it just is not as good as the other three films written and directed by Martin McDonagh. Nevertheless, Six Shooter introduces avid film fans to McDonagh as a director, and gives the world a taste of his dark sense of humor. Brendan Gleeson is the protagonist of the film, whose wife recently passed away. In the wake of his wife’s death, Gleeson’s character encounters a peculiar companion on his train journey, who may possess psychic powers. The film only runs for 27 minutes, but captures the overall essence of Martin McDonagh films with his pattoned dark humor and use of excessive violence in films.
3. Seven Psychopaths (2012)