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Guy Ritchie and Style

  • Feb 1, 2009
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A number of years ago young director Guy Ritchie changed mobster movies with his infectious LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS and that twisted underbelly of London's crime population is back in full force with ROCKNROLLA. Ritchie's style - mixing rapid action, flashback explanations, loopy violence, wildly imaginative characters, and a near non-understandable collection of various accents from the British Isles coupled with an integral musical score - makes this tale of deceit, desperation, intrigue, vice in all forms, low on the food chain criminals at service in the line of polished professionals - a fast paced highly entertaining movie.

The script (yes, by Ritchie, too) combines narration with live conversation, a trait that can be distracting, but that in Ritchie's hands adds a layer of commentary and needed background that helps the viewer keep the many bits and pieces of plots screwed together. The Old School crime lord is played by Tom Wilkinson in a role far different from his previous roles. His nemesis is the New School crime lord Russian Uri (Karel Roden) with odd demands and a 'lucky painting' we never see. Gerard Butler pals with Idris Elba and the gay character Morne Botes in a back and forth series of thwarted attempts to gain status in the smarmy crime world headed by Wilkinson. The name character of Rocknrolla (pop star Johnny Quid) is well played by Toby Kebbell, Thandie Newton offers the touch of glamour as a twisted accountant, and Jeremy Piven, Chris Bridges (Ludacris), Jimi Mistry and narrator/star Archie (Mark Strong) pull it all together.

This film definitely has an audience for those who appreciate the skills of Ritchie as writer/director. For others, it may be a bit hard to follow the technique of dishing out this tangled tale. Grady Harp, February 09

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review by . June 15, 2010
A real Rocknrolla wants the lot
What makes this stand out to you as a real gem?   When one sits down to watch this film, they expect a film about the underworld of London. What they don't expect is that the underworld is much more far reaching than we think. With all of these key players that the viewers are introduced to, how could they all be connected? What Guy Ritchie achieves in this film is astounding. He takes each individual character and gives him/her not only an integral part in the overall flow of …
Quick Tip by . August 26, 2009
Great Movie! Entertaining from begining to end. The entire cast made this movie...Guy Ritchie strikes again!
review by . July 01, 2009
An interesting cast was assembled to tackle a twist-filled script, directed by a craftsman experience in the genre of everyday mobsters in modern day London. Every editing trick in the book was used. Clever camera work was deployed. A pulsing soundtrack provided a burst of extra energy. Yet in the end, ROCK N ROLLA is a whole lot of elements that look like they should be something resulting in a movie that is less than the sum of those parts.    Guy Ritchie doesn't really seem …
review by . April 09, 2009
In recent years, Guy Ritchie has been growing on me. After this film, I've squarely chalked that up to when I came to movie watching age.    I turned 17 in 1993 just as Quentin Tarantino was starting out. When I reached college, Reservoir Dogs was playing late every Saturday night at one of the seediest U-District (that's Seattle) movie theaters. Then came Pulp Fiction. Wow.     Rock N Rolla brought back some of that youthful feeling of movie watcing awe. …
review by . February 15, 2009
Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):     1. Sing a song of crime lords, pockets never dry   2. A Russian dealer comes to town, buildings to buy   3. While the deal was open, there was an offering   4. A rare and lucky canvas, which quickly went missing   5. The Accountant's in her counting house, counting out her money   6. The thug is in the parlor, nibbling at his honey   7. The knave is still a junkie, alive, but …
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“I own this town.” But owning is getting expensive for old-school London gangster Lenny Cole (Tom Wilkinson). A wealthier foreign mob is moving in with a riverfront property swindle. A small-timer (Gerard Butler) and his crew think they can play both sides and become big time. Now add a hard-as-ice accountant (Thandie Newton), a rocker playing dead to boost sales, wannabe music moguls (Jeremy Piven and Chris Bridges), a missing painting and a mad mosh of money and muscle, and youve got this funny, smash-mouth smackdown of sexthugs&rocknroll from writer/director Guy Ritchie (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch).
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Director: Guy Ritchie
Genre: Action, Adventure
Screen Writer: Guy Ritchie
DVD Release Date: January 27, 2009
Runtime: 114 minutes
Studio: Warner Home Video
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