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The Cinematic Katzenjammer: Sept 7: Snatch


Sept 7: Snatch

"Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond."
Directed by: Guy Ritchie, Rated: R, 104 minutes

So watching Safe, among a few other things, made me want to revisit Snatch (another Statham vehicle), the 2000 Guy Ritchie film that many (including myself) consider to be his best movie. It's hilarious on an entirely unique level and packs the style and energy Ritchie's become known for. It's also worth mentioning the performances of a huge cast, with the standout being the obvious with Brad Pitt, who plays a gypsy bare-knuckle boxer no one can understand. Some may complain that the plot is very similar to Ritchie's first film, Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, but Snatch is much more fun. It's as though Ritchie honed his craft with Lock, Stock and mastered it with Snatch.

Whenever you have The Stath in his natural element, and Pitt out of his, you know you're going to have a good time. 

The plot follows Turkish (Statham), a boxer promoter who just wants a new caravan to work out of (you know, to be more professional). He sends his partner, Tommy (Stephen Graham), to a campsite full of pikeys (or gypsies) to acquire something fancier. At the campsite, Tommy meets Mickey O'Neil (Brad Pitt), who's clearly the 'leader' of the camp, as well as a champion boxer. After the deal goes sour, Tommy's bodyguard, Gorgeous George, challenges Mickey to a fight in order to get their money back. Of course, Mickey takes George out with one punch and puts Tommy and Turkish into an awful position, as he was going to fight for them in just a few days. Not wanting to completely back out of the fight (and lose their balls, money, and everything else they would like to hold onto), Turkish tells the other promoter, a crime lord named Brick Top (Alan Ford), that he'll find another fighter to replace George and heads back to Mickey for another favor. Meanwhile, Franky Four Fingers (Benicio Del Toro) has a stolen 86 karat diamond on his hands and plans on selling it for millions. As the diamond shifts hands between all sorts of gangsters, from Boris the Blade, to a bunch of 'unprofessional' criminals who moonlight as pawn shop owners, and even an American (Dennis Farina) and Bullet Tooth Tony (Vinnie Jones), who owes who what gets even more complicated. Every different story is connected in it's own odd way and seeing it all come together in the end is absolutely brilliant. But it all does make sense in the end.

You do not f**k with Brick Top. The glasses alone tell you to watch yo'self before he wrecks yo'self. 

If the above synopsis sounds confusing, I apologize. Ritchie's films tend to be so complex, yet ridiculously simple at the end, and explaining what happens is rather tricky. However, it's in these twists and turns of the plot that Snatch shines, as you cannot expect what will happen next and if a certain character even survives the film. So much happens in such a short amount of time and it's a credit to Ritchie's use of quick-cuts and high energy scenes that help bring it all together in the end. Snatch is easily his best film and as much as I like his Sherlock Holmes films, I'd love to see him return to the gangster genre that made him famous. As for Snatch, Brad Pitt absolutely steals the show as Mickey. He's both brutal and hilarious, and seeing him blend Tyler Durden with an awesome (and probably unintentional) impression of Colin Farrel and every other Irishman is so much fun to watch. He's incredibly hard to watch, but as opposed to confusing the audience, the characters that talk with him in the movie are just as confused, leaving it as a recurring joke that just makes you smile.

The film also features a squeaking dog. That is all. 

As you can tell, I'd highly recommend this flick. It's the perfect blend of comedy and action and manages to combine ridiculous situations with a touch of realism that makes everything work. It's certainly a Ritchie film and while many have tried to duplicate his style, he's still the master of his 'genre'. The characters are all colorful and fully-fleshed out and each story that unfolds is more exciting than the previous. Everything works and the final product is worth all of your time and effort. You'll laugh, you'll cringe, and you'll be shocked at a lot of what plays out on screen. Not many movies can do that effectively so when you can find one like Snatch, you know it's a keeper. 

The Good:
unexpected turns that leave you floored, but also makes you laugh the moment after (or even during)
The Better:
a great cast filled to the brim with character actors you'd recognize from everything, led by the terrific Brad Pitt who wanted to make the film because of how much he loved Guy Ritchie
The Best:
it's fun and original... something you never get these days

Overall: 8.8/10


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At September 11, 2012 at 11:26 AM , Blogger Sati. said...

Oh this one is one of my all time favorites, I don't think I ever laughed as hard as when Tyrone is attempting to get out of the car :) Statham was awesome here, he should work with Ritchie again!

At September 11, 2012 at 11:32 AM , Blogger Nick said...

I know. We need RocknRolla 2 already. Throw Statham into the mix and I'd be happy as all hell.

Love when you stop by.. get flooded with comments ;)

At September 11, 2012 at 1:20 PM , Blogger Mavi said...

Need to just voice my concern that anyone would want a rocknrolla 2... :/

At September 11, 2012 at 3:23 PM , Blogger Nick said...

This guy! The first one is fun enough that I wanna see the characters again. Butler, Elba, and Hardy having fun stealing shit? Yes please

At September 12, 2012 at 11:12 AM , Blogger Mavi said...

All I need to request you stop reviewing good films... As you are preventing me from doing my regular viewing... So instead of clearing the film I have been sent you are making me watch Snatch again and collateral...

Thank u very much!!!

At September 12, 2012 at 11:19 AM , Blogger Nick said...

Haha you're welcome!


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