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Snap: A Guy Ritchie gangster film. Somehow, those five words will always go hand in hand. If you’re familiar with Ritchie’s earlier work like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels or Snatch, then RocknRolla shouldn’t be too foreign to you. All of the director’s signature styles are brought to stellar effect in this rough n’tumble gangster movie about double dealings, corruption, loyalty, heists, iconic characters and ultimately, pure class. [4/5]
Love: There are many things to love about this movie. Number one would be the characters as they’re all so well portrayed. They’re like comic book cut-outs, but the machine gun banter and confidence in which they blitz through their scenes just sucks you into this fantastical underworld of property magnets, Russians, two-bit whack jobs and junkie scum, you really don’t know who you want to root for. You might develop a crush on Thandie Newton, (like me) who delivers a smoking performance, or just about any number of the cast who each have their own loose ends that they need to tie up, or risk sleeping with the crayfish. I love the editing and cinematography of the film, as they’re not afraid to take scenes out of context, or play with the audience’s perception. Action is not dictated by the choreography or pyrotechnics, but a good use of pace, jump cuts or frames sped up or slowed down add to the Guy Ritchie experience. The dialogue’s a real blast, and so is the name calling and riposte between several witty characters also add to the incredibly stylish world that director has created.
Hate: The accent’s a bit thick, and sometimes hard to grasp what’s going on. Also, Guy Ritchie loves telling his narrative through a series of montages, and sometimes in a non-linear effect. Multiple plot lines also add to this confusion. But really, it’s a small price to pay for a really intelligent movie. Hell, you could always watch it again!