All or nothing for Guy Ritchie?

7 July, 2008

I’m going to go out on a limb and be an apologist for Revolver. The original cut, anyway. I never saw the American version. The point is, as totally flawed as it is, I thought it had some very good things to offer and wasn’t half as bad as people made it out to be. That said, even a blind bat can see that his career is on life support, and it will die if he doesn’t have another commercial AND critical success.

The funny thing is that when Snatch came out in 2000, Ritchie was blasted for making a film too similar to Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Now, everyone is begging him to go back to that milieu. So will this picture resurrect Guy Ritchie? Well, if the movie is indeed all that, what then? Chances are that everyone will get sick of the British gangster thing yet again, and yet again he will make a movie everyone will hate, and on and on and on. Looks like, in the world of film, we’re looking at the ultimate one-hit wonder.

However, the trailer is a lot of fun, if stylistically forced. What can I say, I like the genre. So right now I’m just going to enjoy what we have and wait until the fall.

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