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A real Rocknrolla wants the lot

  • Jun 15, 2010

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 the film, but a detailed back story. When I walked out of the theater after seeing Rocknrolla for the first time, I was literally awestruck by the performances. It is a very rare thing to be as attached to a set of characters as I am to Onetwo, Roman, Mumbles, Johnny and Archie. They were all crafted so well and played to a T. There is not a moment that passes without some kind of reaction.   


Why is it hard to believe this isn't better known?
I understand that most critics seem to think that this film pails in comparison to some of Ritchie's earlier work such as Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, but I think exactly the opposite. The aforementioned films were very good and I enjoyed them tremendously, but I never reached that level of absolutely engrossed in every nuance. Lock, Stock and Snatch also had some well played characters. I loved Brad Pitt as the cockney boxer in Snatch and I am always impressed with the work of Jason Stathem with Ritchie behind the lens, but these are the standouts. There is not a single character that I don't remember from Rocknrolla. Every one from the main thug, Onetwo, played by Gerard Butler, to the transient that steal The Russian's painting from Johnny's "curl up and die" apartment. They all had integral parts in the story and each actor made me believe that they walked off set every day exactly the same as they were on film. This has to be the most underrated Guy Ritchie film in his filmography thus far. If only this movie had come before Lock, Stock and Snatch, the critics would be singing a different tune.  

What elements work best - cast, plot, etc.?
As I mentioned before, the cast was brilliant throughout the film. They owned each and every part as if they were being filmed in their everyday lives. Thandie Newton does this so well that I found even they way she smoked was sexy, and I won't go near a girl with a cigarette in her mouth in real life! The plot was also amazing. Each small action was woven together into an exquisitely nuanced tapestry that is resolved in the end. Now it is very common for films to leave a couple of loose ends due to budget constraints and such, but Ritchie has managed to fit this messed up jumble of events into one neat and tidy box. This is something that has rarely been done to this extent. The only film I can think of that I came out as astounded by the tying in of the plot is Pulp Fiction. Amazing in every way possible!


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October 17, 2010
I enjoyed reading your smoothie, well-written review. Good job.
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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 …
review by . February 01, 2009
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, …
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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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