Thursday, October 14, 2010

Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels. C+

Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels has an addicting title, and while the movie itself isn't, it's still a lot better than anything else Guy Ritchie has done (though it may be on par with Sherlock Holmes). While Ritchie still fails to tell a coherent story, and does even worse with creating likable characters, he does manage to fulfill the old adage that every movie should be fun. And surprise, Ritchie, at the time not such a mainstream name, stays away from his obnoxious cinematic flair, at least compared to the amount found in his later work. The story is of course hard to follow, but the movie has such a rapid pace that you just sort of go along and try to figure things out the best you can (I should point out that I didn't have any problem with the British accents, which have caused plenty to view the film with subtitles). The movie here has a lot in common with Snatch, but it's a stronger film because the story and characters are more tightly knit, plus it's rife with humor that was present but ineffective in the picture's followup. And while Snatch had some moments that were meant to be funny, Lock, Stock can really be called a comedy. But despite the improvements, the movie is still a Guy Ritchie film, plagued by a poor story and the director's pretentious attempt to cover up the narrative problems.

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