**** 4 Star
Guy Ritchie is by far my favourite director when wanting to watch comedy, ganster thrillers.
This doesn't disappoint, its an hilarious, london ganster movie that is very enjoyable and worth the watch.
Brad Pitt is hilarious as the irish Pikey that is a very good fighter.
Really worth the watch.
Ritchie thrives in his style of story telling as we're introduced to a cast of hilariously incompetent characters all simultaneously getting themselves into ridiculous situations. It'a a whole lot of fun, even if there isn't much substance the style easily makes up for it.
The film is almost the same kind of thing to 'Lock Stock' being another gritty, dirty, slimy cockney collaboration of tales all revolving around yet more oddball wheeler dealers, thugs and gangsters as they all try to get ahold of money, jewels and each other in (again) a Tarantino type way with more gallows humour.
The cast again is fantastic and includes yet more British actors that were somehow left out of the first film, over Ritchie's films he's used every known British character actor or soap star we have haha The inclusion of some big Hollywood stars actually, for me, brings the film down slightly, they don't seem realistic and can't fit into this exclusively British world thus the film loses its sense of realism, a big Hollywood star doesn't always equal a good direction to go.
To be frank the film does really have a R. Rodriguez feel to it eg. 'Mariachi' was made, it did well so RR remade it bigger and better. 'Snatch' does seem to fall into that catergory to a degree, it does feel almost like a reboot or upgrade of 'Lock Stock' as some of the cast that do show up in both films are playing the same kind of role, mainly Vinnie Jones who can't really play anything else. The film has the exact same grotty feel to it with your typical South/East London looking pubs, alleys and streets, more cockney dialect to confuse any non Londoner, more hints at vicious violence but without actually showing that much, some glorious fights and more swearing than you can possibly imagine haha
The only thing I don't like about the film is all the silly names everyone has, I just get the feeling Ritchie was trying too hard to make it in the same vain as American New York gangsters, your typical hood with his catchy nickname like 'Billy the rat' or 'pool table Pauly' for example lol! it just seemed abit daft.
Basically this is another triumph for Ritchie despite making the same film all over haha Alan Fords portrayal of 'Brick Top' is also probably the most chilling baddie I've seen in years.
"Snatch" is the story of a couple of gangsters who come up with a plan to steal a valuable diamond that belonged to the now-deceased thug known as Freddy Four-Fingers. Each dude has their own way of getting to the diamond.
The best part of "Snatch" is the twisted sense of humor. Its dark and edgy and brilliantly scripted. I especially enjoy the quotes written for Brad Pitt's character, Mickey. Mickey is the best part of the film. Its what sold the film to me.
"Snatch" is a very entertaining crime film that has a very stylish direction style by Guy Ritchie, features a great ensemble cast, well constructed with a great pace (Suprisingly short!) but I didn't think this was all that. It has a 72% on the Tomatometer and thats acceptable. I don't know if this deserves a place on IMDB's Top 250 list but I'm cool with that.
Looking for cool gangsters, catch score, funny one-liners, great actors, and dogs who eat chew toys? "Snatch" is for you!
"Do you have anything to declare, sir?"
"Yes. Don't go to England."
Ritchie's script is infectious with quotable dialogue, and will definitely make you laugh. Snatch is a terrific film with some of the most eccentric characters ever to appear in a gangster film. Thats one of the reasons why this film is so much fun, it takes itself serious enough, but theres always room for slapstick moments that makes you laugh. I guess that what makes Guy Ritchie's gangster films so special, they're humourous while being serious at the same time. This is definitely the most memorable gangster films since Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. Snatch is a blazing work of originality and is a refreshing take on a classic genre.
I'm quite fond of these British crime movies, and Snatch is no exception. It's got a great cast and an interesting story just like Layer Cake and RocknRolla, but what separates it from those movies is how unrelentingly funny it is. I'd say it's probably the most hilarious movies that I've seen in a while. Nearly every line of dialogue gets laughs.
The story involves a VERY large diamond, unlicensed boxing, replica guns, gypsies, caravans, and a pig farm. Trust me, it's great.
Out of all the characters in the movie (and there are a lot), I'd have to say Brad Pitt as Mickey and Alan Ford as Brick Top are the two that absolutely stole the show. This is my personal favorite Pitt performance and character, its just brilliant. Snatch would be worth watching for those two alone, even if the rest of it wasn't so good. But the rest of it is so good, so take this as a recommendation and check this movie out.
It doesn't really make a lot of sense upon first viewing, but even then, there's a lot of good stuff on display. It's funny, there are some good gags, the characters are just nuts, and Richie's style and technique are just cool.
Brad Pitt is a riot here, and really steals the show as a mumbling, gibeerish-talking boxer, who, if I remeber correctly, is also a gypsy or something. The rest of the cast is good too, such as Del Toro, Jones, and Statham. Honestly, I just like the stylish nature of this flick and the names of some of these characters. I mean, what's not cool about characters named Frank Four Fingers, Brick Top, and Bullet Tooth Tony?
This isn't for all tastes though. But, if youy can handle a frenzied style, a screwy plot, and lots of profanity and violence, then you'll probably not be that disappointed.