THIS IS THE FAMOUS ARCHY SLAP | MARK STRONG APPRECIATION POST
“Now if you can master a slap like that, there’s no need for your clients to hold back. They will open up like a fountain, full of words. No need for strong violence. They’re transported back to their childhoods” - Archy, RocknRolla
All you need to know about life is retained in those four walls. You will notice that one of your personalities is seduced by the illusions of grandeur: the gold packet of king-size with a regal insignia, an attractive implication towards grandeur and wealth, the subtle suggestion that cigarettes are indeed your royal and loyal friends - and that, Pete, is a lie. Your other personality is trying to draw your attention to the flip side of the discussion: written in boring bold black and white, it’s a statement that these neat little soldiers of death and in fact trying to kill you - and that, Pete, is the truth. Oh, beauty is a beguiling call to death and I’m addicted to the sweet pitch of its siren. That that starts sweet ends bitter, and that which starts bitter ends sweet. THAT is why you and I love the drugs and that is also why I cannot give that painting back. Now please, pass me a light.
Gerard Butler, Idris Elba and Tom Hardy are trying to make a quick buck in a dodgy London Real Estate deal. Unfortunately they fall foul of Local Crime lord Tom Wilkinson who in turn falls foul of a Russian Gangster and everybody ends up a right old pickle over a painting and a missing Rockstar.
At the turn of the century Guy Ritchie perfected the ‘Geezer movie’, he knocked out a couple of masterpieces in their own genre. They followed a formula, they had cheeky characters you cared about spouting amusing dialogue as they worked their way through interlocking stories that would rival a Greek tragedy set against a back drop of cool retro music and interesting edits.
Unfortunately his movies sparked a million replications and most of them were bloody awful - Nick Love’s films starring Danny Dyer were some of the better ones!!!
When I caught this in ‘08 I wrote it off as another addition to an oversaturated catalogue of London Crime flicks. On rewatch it’s actually ok. Yes it his all the same notes as Lock Stock and Snatch but it has better actors (apart from Butler) and some pretty good performances + it’s actually rather fun.
Hardy, Elba and Mark Strong are three of my favourite actors and are clearly having a lot of fun here whilst Toby Kebbel is just wonderful as the surprisingly important smackhead.
Twisty, turny with a few laughs and a decent homage to Ritchie’s own, earlier movies.
“There’s no school like old school, and I’m the fucking headmaster”.
“You wanna watch out, ‘cause I’m gonna be just like you, uncle. Now, I’m gonna be a real RocknRolla”.