Snatch (2000)

DailyView: Day 91, Movie 156

Guy Ritchie is one of the more stylistic directors working today, known for specific techniques and story elements that found its origins in his early work, including his second major feature film, Snatch, the DailyView for today.

The plot is extremely convoluted with a bunch of working parts. It is centered around a stolen 84 carat diamond and the world of bare knuckles boxing. There are crooks, criminals and thieves everywhere. Snatch is very funny.

There are definite stand outs here. Brad Pitt is a pikie/gypsy who is the man at the center of the boxing part of the story. Jason Statham is trying to get him to fight, but not to fight. He is trying to get Pitt to throw the fight. Pitt has the greatest, nearly imperceivable accent going here. You legitimately can only understand part of what he says.

Statham is excellent here, his dry and quiet manner working perfectly in the film.

The rest of the ensemble is fantastic. They have to be because the performances are so important in the film. The dialogue is tremendously funny. We have Vinnie Jones, Stephen Graham, Ade, Benicio Del Toro, William Beck, Dennis Farina, Lennie James, Robbie Gee, Alan Ford, Rade Šerbedžija, and Jason Flemyng.

Snatch was a lot of fun, but you really need to pay attention.

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