June 3, 2012 by Mithil
Guys like Guy Richie, Tarantino etc spin around their own orbits, never following a formula just making their own headway’s among the contemporary alike filmmakers. Their movies (always) stand out giving us a fresh gust of air every time we get tired of the same clichéd stories. It’s not just about the story, their way of film making makes us realise the things we miss out on. They often bridge the cultural differences, leveraging it their own advantage thus getting the applause they truly deserve.
The first movie I saw of Guy Richie was ‘Snatch’. I know I should have seen ‘Lock stock and two smoking barrels’ first but at that time I knew him as some ‘guy’ Richie. But when I saw Snatch, LSATSB along with Revolver I was flabbergasted by the sheer brilliance of cinema he brings and each time with a difference. I still know Richie for his movie Snatch, a treat where spices are blended flawlessly to create that divine aroma of mixtures. So here I am going to put a few predetermined points on what I liked about the movie.
It’s like a thumb rule for his movies; styling of a movie is what Guy Richie is known for, the exquisite angles, the darker shades and black costumes. The movie mostly circles around a diamond heist and a boxing match. However there’s not much of a story to tell, it grips you with every moving angle (slowmo, flashbacks) and contrived confusion that cracks you up visioning the witty caricature of the characters. The movie might let you get distracted for the first few minutes but ones you know the protagonist, the antagonist and the ones in between, you slowly apprehend the unpredictable-ness of the movie. Matches filmed in the boxing ring are treat to eyes (again slowmo) and one particular scene of car accident as a result of tossed milk pack is hilarious.
The dialogues I think is what carries the movie whole 100 minutes. I would advise a viewing of the movie with subtitles as some parts of the language is difficult to grasp. The dark humour prevails along the length and breadth of the plot. Some of the lines like “In the quiet words of the Virgin Mary… come again?”,” Do you know what “nemesis” means?”,” Protection from what? Zee Germans?” ,” That six pound piece of shit stuck in your trousers would do more damage if you fed it to him “ would make you roll on the floor laughing, literally. There’s one epic scenes where Bullet Tooth Tony (Vinnie Jones) explain the others the theory of how he can precipitate their ’balls into shrinking’. The scene where Brick Top(Alan Ford) holding a tea cup informs the guys how he can disappears their body in 8 minutes by feeding them to pigs is treat to watch. I wouldn’t hesitate to rank it among the top movie with grittiest dialogues ever. You can read some of them HERE
There are close to 10 main characters in the movie whose performances are unforgettable. It’s a performance based movie, plot totally resting on their characters to deliver the wittiest of lines. The narrative of Jason Statham as Turkish is impeccable complemented by his funny sidekick buddy Tommy played by Stephen Graham. Benicio Del Toro as Franky Four Fingers is impressive with the weird accent although his role is small and significant. Alan Ford as the gangster Brick Top has a haunting performance making it memorable by arousing fear every second upon his cringing. Dennis Farina as Cousin Avi is comical and often influences most hilarious dialogues of the movie. The three robbers played by Lennie James, Robbie Gee, Ade plays their part aptly and stays afloat with pride among such good performances. Vinnie Jones plays the Bullet Tooth Tony who as the dialogue suggest can find you Moses and the burning bush, if you pay him to, LOL He augments the excitement with his hard-to-crack acting and takes it to another level with the aforementioned scene. A lot has been written about Brad Pitt role as the Mickey, a pikey with an undecipherable accent. He proves his versatility in the field, dispenses the charm and delivers on the credibility.
One thing that is often ignored about this movie is it’s background score. Some of the characters have been assigned a particular tone in this music so when they walk in you can hear that music playing at the back. Songs played are in sync with the circumstances.
It’s MUST GO WATCH if you haven’t heard/watched it yet. And yeah if your living outside GB or don’t get the English accent then you might need subtitles.
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Movie Info : IMDB