October 17, 2008
This film holds up remarkably well on the re-watch from the To-Watch Pile, so that's always a nice turn of events, especially now that we have Ritchie getting his groove back after after his divorce from Madonna.
I have to admit to some trepidation when I went into this one, but I was quite impressed with the levels of plotting, stylistic storytelling and performances on display; Guy Ritchie has truly redeemed himself after losing his way with stuff like Swept Away and Revolver.
January 8, 2014
A la película le falta algo, tiene todos los ingredientes de otros exitos, pero no lo logra, se queda en demasiada droga, demasiada violencia, demasiada suerte, demasiada coincidencia. Y los malos ganan al final, es un buen toque para variar.
January 5, 2014
A hodge-podge crime comedy. Lot's of characters and story lines that come crashing together. Funnier than I thought it would be and more enjoyable. Rent it. Buy it - if you're a fan of Snatch or Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.
December 12, 2013
It's Guy Ritchie, what else needs to be said?
May 29, 2011
Arguably, it's the same movie as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. But I think there's a lot more to it. I think characters are interesting and compelling, all that make you want to know more about them. (Of course, some more than others.)
It's an enjoyable ride that takes a bit to kick in, but when it does...you better be holding on to something.
November 21, 2013
Narration gives a hot running commentary that makes this such an English movie. The British rogue and the petty businessmen are slick characters for the actors to bite into which is done very effectively. Camera is post modern stylish with a hint of industrial creating a sharp image to view. Alas the sex was a bit quick; alas that is what one can expect from accountants. Nibbles: Yorkshire puds and Jam.
November 17, 2013
Scattershot and confusing narrative notwithstanding, "RocknRolla" still clearly represents a well-crafted return to form for Guy Ritchie and an excellent mosaic of side-splittingly funny performances.
August 11, 2012
first time i seen this was in tenerife and it didnt dissapoint.
|Jo N L||
November 9, 2013
Our Favorite movie... the story line is ever enthralling every time you watch it! Guy Richie's masterpiece, especially following such a terrible film as "Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels"
August 12, 2013
Fun who's-got-the-money type film. Guy Ritchie knows what he's doing with the quick cut flashbacks.
October 21, 2013
No sir, I didn't like it.
April 1, 2013
Now I'm not a huge fan of Guy Ritchie. "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" and "Snatch" never really appealed to me. However, I quite liked this one. It's not like any other British gangster film that I've ever seen. It has a different tone to it. There's quite a lot of comedy involved, too. So yeah, not a bad movie.
July 29, 2010
Not my kind of movie.
September 14, 2013
Another British gangster action comedy from Guy Ritchie, full of good performances, and it was really interesting to see Tom Hardy in a quaint role before he became a super star. Fast paced, kinetic, and intricately plotted, deserving attentive but rewarding viewing.
August 20, 2013
le falta muchisimo para llegar a paracerce a snatch pero aun asi es disfrutable
August 17, 2013
Not particularly a movie that fits to my liking. However, Guy Ritchie's style always impresses me. The grittiness of the film is clearly demonstrated visually, but the plot and characters weren't memorable as other plot and characters of this genre. I was curious about this painting...and it was funny to see Bane and King Leonidas dancing together.
August 8, 2013
Seen it many times, loved it every single time. It's nice to see a truly British film, although when it comes to money it gets tricky, Warner Bros. and all, but British in terms of cast and direction, good enough for me.
I love a film that has an ensemble cast, and more importantly has a director skilled enough to actually use them well, a skill which Ritchie definitely has with his past experience, in which he is practically a genre unto himself. When you think of the Modern Brit-Gangster, you will probably think of Snatch, and Lock Stock, well, I would anyway. Lately Guy Ritchie is a genre unto himself in this field, not quite on the level of Hitchcock and the thriller, but there's still time. All of the characters under his direction just seem to fit together, all a bunch of Cockney hard nuts, but hard nuts with a soft, and funny core. The first five minutes of the film provides us with a brilliant exposition, laying out all of the key groups of characters and setting out the story. Something which is vital in a story so ambitious and covering so much. Sticking with the mould he used for Lock Stock and Snatch.
I'd never heard of, or seen Mark Strong before this film. I know he'd been in pretty big films before, but I think this was one of his first in a leading role. Now I may be totally wrong, but he was absolutely brilliant regardless. The narrator and the go to guy for all of the gangsters, a guy with a Cockney charm that makes him impossible not to like, although he does have a mean streak in him, which understandably you need to have as a gangster.
Working opposite him is the trio of Gerard Butler, Idris Elba, and Tom Hardy. I would be hard pressed to think of a better trio to play these characters. They're brilliant in their owns right and they just work together as the Wild Bunch. It's strange to see how Tom Hardy has changed from the rather scrawny Tom Hardy to Bane Tom Hardy, though he's still his same charming self.
The film makes for a nice mixture of comedy and action, but the humour comes naturally from the characters. To be a Cockney gangsters you have to be very sarcastic, it's one of the pre-requisites I've been told. The film is just very fun. It's a lot of fun to watch, and get enveloped in the deep, unfurling story, and it also looks like it was a lot of fun to shoot. One to enjoy from all around it seems!
The most obvious problem with films that undertake quite vast story lines, with interweaving plot threads, many key characters and crossovers galore is that it can get as clear as a murky Beijing morning (It's very smoggy there...). But we always know where we stand within the film, it all works together and fits into place piece by piece with the narrator leading the way. The story isn't dull either, the main story is intriguing, a tale of betrayal, or in Cockney, who's the filthy grass? The two Russian bodyguards provide a nice little side story to keep things interesting, amongst others.
I love the slick style of Ritchie's films, and RocknRolla is no exception, very polished. If there's one thing the man knows how to do, it's make this sort of film. Films are a much more pleasurable experience when they look good, I find.
One final point about this film, a rather strange one I might add, was the inter title just after Johnny and Archy are reunited, just before the credits. Never before have I seen a sequel so cockily forecasted. Especially as it hasn't emerged... Saying that, it would be nice to see the sequel, what ideas they'd have and where it would go, especially as all of the narrative strands had been sewed up very neatly, a la Hollywood. We wait in anticipation, Guy! Well, at least I do.
July 31, 2013
1972's The Godfather Is My Fourth Favorite Film Of All Time.
July 1, 2013
Guy Ritchie is back. And fuck you Madonna!
June 28, 2013
This is a typical Guy Ritchie film. With a wide range of characters and some very powerful performances to random shots making you wonder where the story is headed but just in time to converge in one final showdown leaving you with just word.. WOW!! I can't help but compare it to SNATCH..as they are similar in so many ways...but SNATCH was much more intense, funny and a better script.