RocknRolla

RocknRolla

(2008)

Guy Ritchie's latest film is familiar territory for the master of the cockney underworld. This story of sex, thugs and rock 'n roll stars Tom Wilkinson as Lenny Cole, the old school crime boss dealing with an emerging new wave of criminals, at a time when real estate has supplanted drugs as the biggest market.... More

After a botched real estate scam, One Two (Butler) and Mumbles (Elba) steal the money they need to pay back Cole, with the help of accountant Stella (Newton). But their plans are complicated by shady Russian billionaire Uri Obomavich and a valuable painting. Soon enough, gangsters, junkies, opportunists and even a dead rock star are coming out of the woodwork for a shot at the cash. Also stars Jeremy 'Ari Gold' Piven, Ludacris, and new Bond girl Gemma Arterton.Hide

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Aww, poor Guy Ritchie, don't feel bad about breaking up with Madonna. She's old and her music sucks. Plus, now you can go back to making wisecracking cockney crime capers instead of inflicting Swept Away and such on audiences around the world. Everybody wins!

Firmly back in Lock, Stock territory, Ritchie's latest revolves around a real estate scam and a valuable painting that puts millions up for grabs in the London underworld. Soon enough, gangsters, junkies, opportunists and even a dead rock star are coming out of the woodwork for a shot at the cash. It's a busy, cluttered multi-narrative story and it takes a while for the wheels of war to be set in motion while everything is being set up. Once it does though, RocknRolla serves up a familiarly fast paced, witty brand of gangster shenanigans.

Even though the story is contrived and has a 'been there before' quality if you've seen Ritchie's previous work, there's plenty of upside to overcome this and keep you entertained. The entire cast step up with a palpable enthusiasm towards their roles that keeps on-screen energy levels high throughout. Ritchie's also slotted back into his old style like he never left, finding interesting ways to merge visual flash with a pounding soundtrack. These elements infuse the film with an urgency and momentum that overcomes the shonky script and successfully realises the majority of action and comic scenarios.

It may just be lightweight popcorn entertainment for grown ups, but RocknRolla knows it and uses that status as an excuse to have as much fun as it can. Its all style over substance, but you'll leave smiling.


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BY Brian1 superstar

and definitely not original.
didnt do it for me.
If this is richie's best reckon he should find a real job.


BY Raymond5 nobody

would high recommend defiantly another great movie by guy Richie the first 40 mins are quite boring due to setting out the plot but definatly a great movie to add to the list and worth another watch at the cinemas .


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59% of critics recommend.
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  • A kinetic, funny, well-cast crime caper, RocknRolla proves Ritchie is still the lord of his manor - if not exactly Shakespeare. Full Review

  • If you're a fan of the early Ritchie comedy-crime thrillers, then this is not only right up your alley, it's a long lost relative returning home. Full Review

  • It's all here: the ingenious, obscenity-laced language, the double crosses that turn into triple crosses, the swaggering characters so in love with themselves. GottaLove RocknRolla! Full Review

  • Like the filmmaking itself, the violence has no passion, no oomph, no sense of real or even feigned purpose. Full Review

  • RocknRolla attempts to depict a world of ever-expanding chaos. But the chaos is only in the way the story is told. The actual vision Ritchie offers is pedestrian and tame. Full Review

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