Guy Ritchie has gone and done it again. Rock N Rolla is yet another Ritchie classic like I’ve reviewed twice before with Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. It may not necessarily be better than either of those two, but it's certainly the best British gangster film in the last decade in my mind. And the fact that this movie has one hell of a cast doesn’t hurt it either. In fact, Rock N Rolla uses that same amazing visual style that Ritchie is known for, and employs often, as well as the best story since Snatch. It doesn’t matter whether or not you end up liking this film or not, there’s no denying the talent that is Guy Ritchie.
Rock N Rolla focuses on two small time crooks, One Two (Gerard Butler) and Mumbles (Idris Elba). The movie goes into the British underworld like we've seen before in Ritchie's films, but this time it's a crooked businessman named Lenny (Tom Wilkinson), who thinks he runs the city of London with his corrupt ties. Before long, Russian billionaire Uri (Karel Roden) buys the services and connects of Lenny. And to sweeten the deal, Uri loans Lenny his lucky painting. The painting ends up stolen by the supposedly dead rock star and stepson of Lenny, Johnny Quid (Toby Kebbell). The entire world of London's gangsters and crooks get wrapped up in a game of cat and mouse as they search for the lost painting. This may not seem very interesting but trust me, Ritchie pulls the story together and the payoff is big.
Just like in the other Guy Ritchie movies, the supporting cast is just as impressive as the main characters. You get a strong performance from Tom Hardy, as (alleged) ladies man Handsome Rob, and filling the big role of Lenny’s right hand man Archy, is Mark Strong. Both of these actors have put together some very strong performances recently, with the most anticipated role being Hardy as Bane in the latest Batman film.
I wouldn’t or couldn’t say that Rock N Rolla is any better than Snatch, which is probably my favorite Guy Ritchie movie, but there are many moments in which I find myself enjoying this film just a little bit more. There are some points of the movie that slows a bit and that may shy people away, but trust me the payoff is more than worth that wait. There’s more than enough action and story to keep even the hardest critic happy, if their willing to open their eyes and mind. Just like in Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, the ending is the true payoff and will be quite memorable. There is one screen in particular that will make you rethink Gerald Butler and Russian war criminals anytime you see them.
Now comes the moment of truth. This is my third straight Guy Ritchie movie reviewed; the others both scored 5 out of 5. So how does Rock N Rolla stack up? No question, no doubts, this movie is another home run. The acting, story, cinematography are all great. Now I don’t want to seem like Ritchie can’t do anything wrong. No one can forget that disaster “Swept Away” with his ex-wife Madonna. Put that aside and we are talking about the man who wrote & directed “Sherlock Holmes” are that gives him a pass.
With that said, Rock N Rolla is another classic and personal fav. Do yourself a favor and grab these 3 movies and enjoy a day of great entertainment.
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Jay Red - 4.99
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