I wonder sometimes why I write reviews for movies which are, all things considered, pretty old1. However, I guess I do it because I enjoy writing movie reviews. Before watching Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (LS&TSB) I’d seen maybe one 5 minute section I caught accidentally one day flicking through the channels, and I’d never seen a Guy Ritchie movie.
LS&TSB is good. It’s clever, witty, well paced and very stylish. I like that style, I enjoy the little voice over narration and the slow motion / paused motion shots. I liked the characters and I really enjoyed some of the performances. The dialog felt reasonably natural although it was obviously styalised to fit with the theme. The plot was good and interesting and although I saw the little twists coming, they were so well delivered it didn’t really matter. I really don’t normally enjoy a lot of different characters in a film, but I managed to hold it together during LS&TSB thanks to the actors and the script.
Overall, watching it was a really good experience, and I’d recommend it to anyone who’s not seen it. If you’re not British, you may struggle with some of the accents and the slang, but hey, it’s your turn to cope for a change (or was in 1998).
- let’s be honest, I wonder sometimes why I bother writing anything, but there you go [↩]