Monday, November 3, 2008

Movie Review: RocknRolla


Guy Ritchie is back and in a big way.

His newest film RocknRolla is everything that we have come to expect from Guy: it's violent, fast-paced, hypermasculine, and FUN. As a matter of fact, it's probably the most fun I've had at the movies in awhile. Though it does fall prey to the occasional long-winded scene of pointless dialogue or a small bit plot-muddling, there is a certain energy that Ritchie has trademarked that is oft-imitated but never duplicated.

Strangely, the worst parts of the movie are with Jeremy Piven and Chris "Ludacris" Bridges. Though perhaps not a surprise about Luda who stumbled over several of his lines, it was shocking how lost Piven seemed in his very small supporting role.

Best part of the movie, though, is Toby Kebbell as out of control rocker Johnny Quid. He's raw, animalistic, and scary and it's fucking brilliant.

RocknRolla has also built a lot of momentum for Ritchie heading into his next movie, the much hyped Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. It'll be interesting to see how Guy does in this movie, seeing as it's a period piece that is not set in the underworld of London's drug and crime scene.

4/5