RocknRolla (15)

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<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>3</span>/5

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Time Out says

Tue Sep 2 2008

Wrong-footed by the new credit-crunch zeitgeist, but with recovered fluency after the hiccups of ‘Revolver’ and ‘Swept Away’, director Guy Ritchie’s latest returns to the caper comedy antics of unreconstructed London criminals familiar from his earlier ‘Lock, Stock…’ and ‘Snatch’.

The old smoke is changing: Tom Wilkinson’s ‘headmaster of the old-school’ villain seems a little tired, no match for the chutzpah of Gerard Butler’s drole ‘One Two’, one of the pair of the smaller-timers he employs to obtain a painting belonging to Karl Roden’s bent football-loving Russian billionaire, with whom the old gangster is co-operating on a real-estate scam. Matters are further complicated – that’s an understatement – by a plethora of criss-crossing strands involving lethally glamorous lawyer Thandie Newton, ghostly coke-head Toby Kebbell and trans-Atlantic music co-producers Ludacris and Jeremy Piven.

Despite its putatively ‘strong’ women characters, ‘RocknRolla’ is still basically ‘geezer cinema’, concocted to Ritchie’s habitual formula: gangster-land parody packed out with well-mounted action sequences, slick visuals (here courtesy of David Higgs), flashcard editing, eclectic scoring and some funny, sometimes Pinter-esque, hardman patter. Forgetting its ‘Long Good Friday’ pretensions and allowing for its air of laddish self-congratulation and its sad whiff of homophobia – admittedly, quite a big ask – Ritchie’s film is arguably his most entertaining to date. With its cheeky wit, non-PC provocations, cock-eyed class-consciousness and cheerful irreverence it could be the closest thing to Ealing comedy we’re offered these days.
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15

UK release:

Fri Sep 5, 2008

Duration:

114 mins

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Gary

Neither classic nor funny like Lock Stock and Snatch. They were classics, then Guy Richie made this pile of s**t. I only spent 3 quid for a tciket and i now wish i could have bought a good lunch with that...yes, the films was awful!! Anyone who thinks this good or thinks this is Guy Richie at his best...you r r****ds. Cause of crap like this, i gave up on British films ages ago, they r not good anymore. Overall, the concept, the plot, the humor and the title(!!) of the film were all bad. The only part i actually liked in the film was the Russians who would not just die!! That was the only part in the film that i thought was good, the rest, just shite!! oh and the ending/cliffhanger is bad too, and they cannot make a sequel from a shitty film...shitty film = shitty sequel

MUA

Brilliant, i've enjoyed every minute. I could watch it over and over again. And Gerard Butler is one of my favourite actors.Really worth watching!!!

MUA

Brilliant, i've enjoyed every minute. I could watch it over and over again. And Gerard Butler is one of my favourite actors.Really worth watching!!!

Sutton

The film has some good bits, but not as in the same league as Snatch or Lock Stock.... Toby Kebbell was entertaining and Ms Newton stunning! A few too many cliches, but an ok film...I'd save your cash and watch it on dvd. Roll on some decent movies this Autumn..here's hoping the Coen Brothers deliver again after a poor Summer for films (and weather!).

Herts

Excellent watch. Went along not expecting too much but we really enjoyed it and was completely engrossed throughout. Great humour, laughted lots and could watch again. Well done Mr Ritchie.

Herts

Excellent watch. Went along not expecting too much but we really enjoyed it and was completely engrossed throughout. Great humour, laughted lots and could watch again. Well done Mr Ritchie.

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TOM HARDY IS SOOOOOOOO SEXY!! HE SHOULD BE THE STAR - GERARD IS ALRIGHT BUT OMG!! TOM, mmmm, yesss please!!

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TOM HARDY IS SOOOOOOOO SEXY!! HE SHOULD BE THE STAR - GERARD IS ALRIGHT BUT OMG!! TOM, mmmm, yesss please!!

Jim H

We went to see it last night and found it a real hoot - very enjoyable couple of hours. The whole cinema was, by the sound of it, also very engaged with it. It's no Usual Suspects but good entertainment

dannielle

was absolutly BORING!! people i was with had to be woken up at the end of it.... dull and not a very good story line!

Billy London

Well, well, what a disappointment, actually a rather embarrassing pile of mockney shite. Cmon Richie who do you think you're kidding pal? No wonder Madonna didn't want to rock-up to the opening night, this really is a joke and sadly I think Mr R has last the plot. Go see if you are a tourist or an impressionable 15 yr old wanting to puff your chest out wannabe-gangsta style, if not stay well away its cringeable.

Steve Middlehurst

Saw this movie in a preview and it's really, really good. A true return to form for Guy Ritchie and genuinely funny. However the review on this site is simply not accurate. OneTwo is not employed to obtain the painting, Thandie Newton's character is an accountant (her husband is the lawyer) and the 'homophobia' is played for laughs in a world that's all about being 'tough'. So great movie, terrible review (sorry Wally).

Steve Middlehurst

Saw this movie in a preview and it's really, really good. A true return to form for Guy Ritchie and genuinely funny. However the review on this site is simply not accurate. OneTwo is not employed to obtain the painting, Thandie Newton's character is an accountant (her husband is the lawyer) and the 'homophobia' is played for laughs in a world that's all about being 'tough'. So great movie, terrible review (sorry Wally).