Category: RocknRolla Reviews | Posted by: stagewomanjen
Article Date: September 16, 2008 | Publication: Perthshire Advertiser | Author: Katy Gordon
GUY Ritchie attempts to break the curse of being married to Madonna with his latest movie effort.
And to be honest, the mockney film-maker manages to recapture some of his credibility.
However, don’t expect anything groundbreaking – the stylised life of London gangsters, with some unusual camera work thrown in for good measure – shows that Ritchie has decided to stick to the tried and tested.
This time Gerard Butler (who, thankfully, wasn’t made to adopt an east London accent) and his partner run foul of Lenny (Tom Wilkinson), the man who claims he runs the city of London.
However, Lenny soon has his own problems, as dealings with a Russian billionaire involved with football are soon ruined by hold ups and thefts.
It’s the usual tale of one thing going wrong, which causes another thing to go wrong, etc etc, with everything connected by the people involved.
Thandie Newton provides the feminine side of the movie, as the Russian billionaire’s accountant, bored with her life and ready to walk on the wide side.
There are some funny moments, including a gay sub-plot involving Butler and a friend, that ends up more innocent than is initially hinted.
And Ritchie shows he is a fan of Tarantino with a painting the audience never actually gets to see (like Tarantino’s briefcase in Pulp Fiction).
And as per a Guy Ritchie flick, there are moments of profound thought, provided by one character. This time it’s crack addict rock star Johnny Quid (Toby Kebbell).
Anyone who is a fan of Ritchie’s “Snatch” and “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” offerings will enjoy this, and revel in the fact that Guy Ritchie has almost made it back to his former glory.