Wednesday, May 05, 2010
I'm not a big Guy Ritchie fan. Sure, I've enjoyed Lock Stock and 2 Smoking Barrels and I'll even admit to liking Snatch ... a bit. But I'm certainly not one who would ever consider watching Swept Away. If waterboarding hadn't worked, you can be rest assured the next level of torture would have been forcing terrorists to watch Madonna movies. However, I was excited when I saw the previews for RocknRolla oh so long ago and I finally settled down to watch it the this week.


In typical Ritchie fashion, RocknRolla is a convoluted tale of greed, guns, and excessive violence. Twists and turns in the plot line often have you shaking your head trying to sort out all the connections between the various characters and how they'll end up coming together in the end. One-Two (Gerard Butler) and his buddy Mumbles (Idris Elba...The Wire's Stringer Bell...who knew he was British...sigh) are two bit criminals looking to score big on a real estate deal but need the backing of bigtime London gangster, Lenny Cole (played by the always fantastic Tom Wilkinson). Lenny double crosses the two and steals the deal for himself leaving the boys owning him a lot of cash. In an attempt to pay him back, One-Two and Mumbles set up a heist with the aid of an accountant who likes to live on the wild side. Only problem? She works for a Russian billionaire who's working with Lenny on a seperate deal and Lenny ends up getting screwed out of his cut. Twice. To complicate matters, Lenny's rockstar/junkie step son steals a valuable painting the Russian has lent him and now wants back, and he'll stop at nothing to get it.

RocknRolla is definately my favourite of Ritchie's films. A wonderful cast which also included a small appearance by Jeremy Piven (highly underrated I think) and a fantastic job by Mark Strong plays Lenny's loyal number two man, Archy. Strong also plays Lord Blackwood in Ritchie's recent take on Sherlock Holmes, a deliciously wicked performance. I love this guy. As in Mark Strong not Guy as in Ritchie although I'm certainly warming up to him again now that's he's dumped Madge.

If you haven't seen it, go and rent a copy today!!!


Chandra said...

Haha, I was thinking "Flushed Away" instead of "Swept Away", and wondering what you had against singing slugs. Does Madonna count as a singing slug?

S.M. Elliott said...

I think Mark Strong should have been cast as Sherlock; he was a far better match physically and presence-wise than what's-his-face.

Captain Karen said...

Chandra: Ouch. Nice one :)

SME: Its funny but I'm suddenly finding Mark Strong everywhere I look - he's also in Kick Ass which I went to the other day (review coming). You're right about his resemblence to Jeremy Brett but I'm so glad he played the villian. He did a fantastic job, I think. I enjoyed Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes but it was so far removed from both the literary Holmes and the other film versions that I found it distracting. While a good buddy cop type flick, to me it just wasn't Sherlock.

Milla said...

Mark Strong is 'da shit' these days.
He is a good actor, no doubt. Plus, I just LOVE it that he speaks so Cockney!

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