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Not a classic, but a damned good film
Member Name: huggy2009
Advantages: Great twists and turns
Disadvantages: Dodgy accents
Snatch is one of those films you either love or hate, its Guy Ritchie which immediately gives it a distinctive tone and style.
Richie's films have a gangster feel to them and are matey in a way few of us can relate to but he has a formula with this and its predecessor which really work and make for an exciting, funny and thorougly charming film.
This is the follow up to the highly acclaimed Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and continues in the realm of shady characters and double dealing.
The film is about a priceless diamond, stolen by Frankie Four Fingers (Del Toro) and bringing it to London, therein cheeky cockney capers occur involving a budding entrepreneur (Jason Statham), a prize fighter (Brad Pitt), gangsters ranging from funny to scary (Mike Reid to Vinnie Jones).
Its a caper, a cockney crime caper and covers similar ground to Lock Stock but with a higher profile cast and a bit more creativity.
Is it any Good?
The film is an enjoyable romp, the soundtrack is superb, the style of shooting is similar in its punchy style to Richies original film, but it is more refined and the acting is much more realistic in many cases. The fights are pretty well handled although still have a touch of unrealisticness to them (Sorry not sure if thats a word).
Statham is good as the main character, a real ducker and diver, Pitt is decent in his role although his Irish accent is ok it is a distraction, Frank Butcher and Vinnie Jones are good fun as gangsters and Del Toro as always is a superb character actor. The plot weaves a dizzy spell and is really well crafted, it does draw you in and by the end you won't have spotted the sting that occurs, it really is a good lark and I think its easily as good as Lock Stock and is one of the better British films of the last 15 years.
The DVD is available as a 2 DVD boxset on Amazon for £3.98 there are loads of extras including a 'Making of', trailers, story boards, games, behind the scenes shots (Over 15 minutes) and commentaries, its great value and is a really good laugh.
Summary: The formula still works