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Wednesday, September 17, 2008


Guy, Guy, Guy . . . where do we go from here?

Let Mr Inchy clarify his position on Guy Ritchie's new film 'Rocknrolla'.

I liked it.

It's a good cast. Not a great one, but a good one.
It's a good story. Not a great one, but a good one.
The problem is that Guy Ritchie is painting himself into a corner. He's a bit of a one trick pony.
He does modern, slick, sexy London gangster movies very well indeed, but we've seen it all before, and it was better the first time round.
'Lock, Stock' was a ground breaking film. It was something new, something fresh, it was confident and had a swagger about the way that the plot twisted and turned before depositing you, breathless, at the knockout-punch ending.
'Rocknrolla's problem is that it's not new, it's not fresh, and it neither twists nor turns quite enough to break sweat, let alone leave you breathless, and as for the twist at the end, well, you don't exactly need Frizz-Ease to straighten out the plot.

Having said all that, it's enjoyable, in a 114 minute long music video sort of way. Just don't expect to be talking about it at work tomorrow.



Steve said...

I'm tempted to see it purely because of the rave reviews I've heard about Mark Strong... but your one-trick pony comment I think sums up Mr Ritchie rather completely. He's a one trick pony married to a circus horse.

Inchy said...

Steve - If you're a Mark Strong fan, then hunt down a film he made a couple of years ago called 'Low Winter Sun'.
You can get the DVD on Amazon for less than 4 quid. It's excellent.

Zen Wizard said...

I WANTED to pitch him this semi-autobiographical script I wrote about a blogger who buys an Ed Hardy shirt and gels his hair into a faux-hawk and tries to pick up chicks.

But he's really hard to get to...

(It's called, The Last of the Faux-hicans.)

Inchy said...

Zen - Don't give up the day job just yet.

Andrew Glazebrook said...

I think Guy Ritchie needs to prove himself by directing a film from someone else's script, isn't he meant to be doing Sherlock Holmes next !? I think I'll just catch Rocknrolla on DVD !!