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This is a recent Guy Ritchie directed film. Excellent cast, decent acting. I have had a hit and miss rating of Ritchie's films. Mostly misses.
This one had a plot with many twists, but one I could follow. The ruthless dealings of high dollar underworld criminals. I found it to be a good use of my two hours.
My viewing was of the blu-ray disc from Netflix.
But this was ok.
'A lie is halfway around the world before the truth gets its boots on'. -Mark Twain
"Once this was all Black Plasma and Imagination" -Michael McClure
I think is his best both for plot movement, characters, and dialogue. "Snatch" similarly was good with a movie-stealin' bit from Brad Pitt. After that, he seemed to lose his way---perhaps the post-Madonna blues that affected Sean Penn, also. "Gentlemen" seemed a little forced, the dialogue not as witty, just nastier.
Probably his best. 'Snatch', for me, was ruined by Pitt's Pikey performance. I actually liked 'Robin Hood' for the direction and dialog. All his scripts seem to be a lesson on finessing the English language.
All that hip gangsta colloquial.
Both films I and II are brilliant for many reasons that, if I need to mention them, are pointless. "Jackie Brown:" a modern day noir with amazing performances from DeNiro, Fonda, Jackson.
Intricacy of plots, unforgivable characters, unmatched brilliance of dialogue, skillful manipulation of time---- Richie ain't got any of this. it's like comparing a dime-store novel to Raymond Chandler.
It has frustrated me being a American and not understanding the slang and torture of words. What they called The King's English or high English is absent.
That is less prevalent in this one. He does seem to love their criminal element.
Some of those slang expressions are probably from a local group of people.
Yes it's a bit to swallow and I like to have subtitles on. Even then, I have to pause to figure out what they were intending to say. I had to do that on Sexy Beast. The criminal element has some pretty unusial language of its own.
Some I like are:
'a little birdy told me'
I prefer Richie to Tarantino.
'im not a rat'
'sent up a kite', and lots on squealers
I knew I had to have the disk. I really appreciate Ritchie's dialog most of the time. But, as you said, he doesn't always hit the target.
I was unimpressed with Ritchie's films until I saw Aladdin.... I liked that one.
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