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on June 26, 2017
"Rocknrolla" was a solidly good movie and quietly could be Guy Ritchie's best movie. It had a nice subtle sophistication to it, and it lacked the shocking, stomach-turning violence of "Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels" and "Snatch." It allowed you to concentrate on the plot developments, acting, and characters, all of which were good.

What was missing from this movie that the first two movies in his gangster-tough guy trilogy had was that brawling confidence. It was sort of missing that creativity and freshness of the first two movies in the realm of graphics and editing. There was something exciting, creative, and adrenaline-pumping about the first two movies, but somehow, this movie slowed down, hit its stride, and was probably better in the fundamentals. Again, it helped a lot that it didn't have any sickening and sociopathic violence in it. That allowed you to kick back and enjoy the show without it making you feel too uneasy. The music was fun and spot-on in many places, although it was a little too prosaic in other places. In an odd way, this movie feels a little bit over the hill and nursing-homey in places, but that doesn't stop this from being an excellent movie. It has the familiar stew of Russian gangsters who are indestructible, Rasputin-style, along with other Guy Ritchie trademarks. I can't decide if I'm tired of these elements, or if it's totally fine and cool to see them again, and perhaps I'm just over analyzing things. In any event, the acting by Tom Hardy and Jeremy Piven is very good, while the standout of the movie must be Toby Kebbell playing Johnny Quid. He gives an awesomely troubled and sensitive performance as the wayward step-son of the lead gangster played by Tom Wilkinson.

All around, this movie was very good, although somewhat lacking the verve of "Lock Stock....." and "Snatch," but far better in other ways. I definitely recommend it, but I'd watch it with the subtitles on if you're American. I give it three to three and a half stars.
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on June 25, 2016
guy ritchie films seem to follow a certain flow, ROCKNROLLA definitely follows that flow. a fun, witty and gritty movie with plot twists and characters that just blow you away. Johnny Quid is such the antihero, but you root for him in a kinda weird cracked out drug induced hazy way. does that make sense? if you like action, comedy, british wit and fun plot twists, watch it. oh and Thandie Newton is super hot too. oh yeah a full cast of super stars. tom hardy, idris elba, gerard butler, jeremy piven, don cheadle, tom wilkinson just to name a few. OH AND THE CRAZY RUSSIANS. >>> just watch it.
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on March 22, 2013
Right up front I have to tell you I am a British humor fan....Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, Little Britain, League of Gentleman and Absolutely Fabulous DVD's, just to name a few, are constantly playing in my workroom most evenings, so I am always on the look out for more of the same. While "RocknRolla" is not cut from the same tartan clothe as the previously mentioned works, much of the humor in this movie has its roots in that same sometimes dry and and always thought provoking British wit.

This movie is littered with a wild cast of characters who all have their own little story going on within the confinds of the movie.....and the wonderful thing about this movie is seeing how Guy Richie weaves and intertwines the individual stories into a complete story that has all of the parts coming together in the end. This movie has so many levels to the story that the rich texture makes you want to watch over and over because no matter how many times you see it, you always find bits and pieces you missed before.

It, I must tell you, helps if you are familiar with British slang and style to get all of the "inside" jokes, but the real pleasure of this movie are the characters. From the no nonsense connected crime boss Lenny, the suave enforcer Archie, the Wild Bunch......Handsome Bob, Mumbles and One Two, to the beautifully smooth and devious accountant, Stella. and the wiser than his years, drugged up real RocknRolla, Johnny Quid, the story takes you on a ruckus and sometimes disturbing ride through London's underbelly.

This movie is not for everyone..........if you don't enjoy the British style humor and you don't want to view this a few times to see all that is going on stay away, but in my opinion, the music, witty dialog and great cast of characters make this a fun ride through the dark side of England, and more directly, London's mob scene. Just keep an open mind.
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on September 30, 2015
Okay, honestly I really wanted to watch this movie because Tom Hardy is in it (<3 hehe) and I could not resist watching anything he is in. Even so he had a little bit of scenes in the film. FYI this film is directed by Guy Ritchie whom does the Sherlock Films with Robert Downey and Jude Law. (So if you like those, this one is definitely worth checking out) However, watching the rest of the movie and paying attention to the story line and the characters, I found out that this is one of the rare films that has an all star cast, which actually works! All the actors in the film do such a great job of their characters. You feel that "yeah I could see Gerard Buter being a criminal in London". The narration during the film makes it easy to understand how the characters all relate to one another. This came out in 2008 and it did not do so well, which I find hard to believe. This movie has everything, it has action, drama, criminals, violence, comedy, and bit of romance. For me any movie that can pull all that off is just a great find! Now awaiting for "RocknRolla 2" to come out. Come on Guy Ritchie! ^^
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on January 19, 2012
I am not someone who likes to glorify violence or criminals but this film was so much fun. From the beginning to the end this film goes in full throttle with fun and excitement and even laughs. Basically this is a typical British comedy of errors but instead of stuffy old ladies and pish-posh gentlemen it is criminal gangs, mobsters and international terrorists!

To give a bit of a plot description would actually be too cumbersome here but basically the theme and plots revolves around which bad guy is fooling whom. It is multi-layered and complicated at times and you need to pay attention or you will get lost quickly. The ensemble cast is terrific and even the "ugly" people are full of charisma. I also have to say even though they don't get top billing Mark Strong and especially Thandie Newton nearly steal the show. There is a scene where Thandie is dancing and lets just say she has got some "good" moves. It is also one of the most fun scenes in the film.

This film is not going to be on any critics lists of best films BUT it is definitely in my top twenty favourite films of all time.

UPDATE:

I wanted to give a quick update on this film. I have recently ordered the Blu-ray version and I was very surprised to see the difference between the two. The DVD had a beautiful picture but this was even better. It was so clear it was almost uncomfortable seeing the detail in people's faces like skin pours and facial hair. Anyway, worth the extra few bob for sure BUT the DVD is just fine. I don't think you lose anything with the DVD you just gain a wee bit with the Blu-ray.
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on February 13, 2017
The main issue is that RocknRolla followed Lock, Stock and Snatch, which were excellent! The third time around just gives this less edge and everything is familiar. London gangsters...check. Bumbling petty thieves that you can't help but like...check. Big ensemble cast of extremely talented actors...check. Lots of inter-connected plots...check. Chasing after a mcguffin, this time a painting...check.

New elements include a female presence in the form of Thandie Newton, delving into the drug scene, some homoerotic themes where Tom Hardy gets to shine (scene-stealer that Handsome Bob lol), and the dialects are much easier to understand (no Brad Pitts here thankfully). There are five groups of characters: the old-school gangsters (Wilkinson and Strong), the Wild Bunch (Butler, Elba, Hardy), Johnny Quid and his boys, the Russians, and then the Woman. The movie would have been better with a little more focus on the first three and kept the Russians and Stella in the background. Hell, I could have enjoyed the movie a lot more if it had focused on the Wild Bunch and Quid...they provided much of the action, wit, and banter. All of the actors delivered great performances!
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on January 26, 2014
Welcome to the world of Johnny Quid: London in flux between the old school fixers, new school Russian money, and petty thieves in between. Guy Ritchie takes you on a wild ride through the madness and mayhem that begins with the a shady real estate deal and never lets up. This perfectly paced piece of action adventure stars some great actors, including Tom Wilkinson who delivers an awesome performance. Everyone does a great job as they pursue their individual goals through a landscape studded with bizarre, yet linked incidents. Some of it is contrived, but all good movies are. Sit back, enjoy the ride and watch this movie at least three times to catch all the subtlety. Guy Ritchie is a brilliant director. I only wish he would make more movies.
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on January 12, 2013
But still very much his. Stylish, really, really funny, and well-acted, this is your standard British gangster type movie, where there is an old guy who is trying to screw over the younger generation of criminals, but due to some coincedence and a missing painting, the tables get turned on him.

It didn't have quite as impressive set of plot twists I've come to expect from Ritchie, but he compensates by wonderful characters and lots of very clever dialogue. Gereard Butler, Idris Elba, and Ton Hardy all play believeable but not over-the-top small time criminals. (Idris Elba makes me laugh at every scene he's in.)

Also including Mark Strong as Archie, the second-hand to the old guy boss and middle man between Larry and the other srooks, is eloquent and funny, but also darkly ominous. There's a lot to enjoy in this film. It's pretty easy to watch, and most of the cast is really fun to watch as their stories eventually meet up at the end.
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on March 14, 2009
Guy Ritchie's ROCKNROLLA is not as kinetic as his previous SNATCH and is a bit more subdued in comedy, action and violence. This entry into his brand of British ganster film genre is a bit more cerebral and needs a little bit more of a span of attention to follow what's going on. There's stolen money and a missing painting that must be found is the complicated plot in a nutshell. The characters are just as colorful as in his previous outings, but somehow they don't jump out of the screen. Remember Brad Pitt in SNATCH? The versatile Tom Wilkinson (THE FULL MONTY, BATMAN BEGINS) is always great in everything he does and plays a great crime boss in the film. Gerard Butler (300) is pretty good as a member of a band of thieves (called "The Wild Bunch) roaming London. Some interesting cameos include Jeremy Piven and Chris Bridges (aka rap star Ludacris) as record producers. Also, Thandie Newton plays a cool and beautiful (yet, questionably ethical)accountant of an equally questionable wealthy Russian real estate dealer. Overall, it's worth a look. One must see it a few times to appreciate the atmosphere of the film and to follow the plotline(s) because Guy Richie has a certain style of filmaking that is always interesting and fun. Perhaps his years of marriage to Madonna is to blame for a very slight subdued gangster film.
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on April 1, 2009
This has been another amazing film from Guy Ritchie that never seems to fail, in my eyes at least, with coming up with unforgettable characters and twisting plot lines. One of the great things really stood out to me, other than the brilliant cast, was the way he seamlessly goes through all of plots and subplots about the ever increasing rise to change the way London hasn't been changed for quite a long time. And not only that, the humor in the movie made it all the better in my eyes. I have been watching his movie ever since Snatch came out on VHS, which no longer works for some reason. Never the less, it was refreshing to see the Wild Bunch as a close group of mates who are all out there to make money and expand, while always looking out for each other. His most previous movie, Layer Cake, was truly a great movie as well, but it really lacked any humor as a driving force, which did wonders for the film. But to get back into the roots of adding just the right amount of hilarious dialogue while also making the story line really progress without getting bogged down with so much detail, you'd need a second viewing to understand what is really going on. So I must say, if you're a Guy Ritchie fan, pick up this movie to your collection, and with the wonderful lot of actors he has chosen, this will be one movie I hope he makes at least a part two, because the ending does leave the possibility of bringing all the great characters into another movie. A++
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