Snatch It While You Can, Guy Ritchie Has Done It Again

The husband of American pop singer Madonna, Guy Ritchie has had a tremendous directing career. His movie Snatch (2000) is less violent than a follow-up of his movie Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998). The movie is about three gangster groups trying to retrieve a stolen Diamond from an Antwerp Jeweler. The cast of Snatch includes Jason Statham, Stephen Graham, Adam Fogerty, Brad Pitt and Rade Šerbedžija.
The director of Snatch is Guy Ritchie who happens to be one of the youngest directors in Hollywood. He was born and raised in United Kingdom. After watching Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) as a child, Guy realized that what he wanted to do was to make films. He dropped out of school at the age of 15 which was the beginning of his career as a director. He never attended a film school saying that graduating is boring. He quickly progressed and was directing music promos for bands and commercials by 1995. The profits that he made from directing these promos was invested into writing and making the film, The Hard Case (1995), which is a twenty minute short film that is also the prequel to his debut feature Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998). Sting's wife, Trudie Styler, saw The Hard Case (1995) and invested into "LS2SB" (2000), which was written and directed by Guy. Once "LS2SB" (2000) was completed, the hard task of getting it distributed then came about with ten British distributors all turning it down before the film eventually got the attention of Tom Cruise. The film was made on a budget of £1.6 million and went on to become the third highest grossing British film of all time. "Lock, Stock..." (2000) was followed up by Snatch. (2000), this time with a bigger budget and a few more familiar faces such as Brad Pitt, Dennis Farina, Benicio Del Toro and with a couple of stars returning from "Lock, Stock..." (2000) such as Jason Statham, Vinnie Jones and Jason Flemyng. It was also a success, taking a record £3 million on its first weekend. Guy married Madonna in December of 2000 shortly after their son, Rocco, was born.


The follow up of Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) happened to be Snatch (2000). It happens to be less violent than the 1998 hit. If you liked LS2SB then you probably will like Snatch as well and if you didn’t than still its worth watching. The movies start off from a very gorgeous, expensive diamond being stolen from an Antwerp Jeweler. There are three groups showed in the movie who want to retrieve the diamond. The first group is friends and business partners Turkish (Jason Statham, who also supplies the film's voice-over narration) and Tommy (Stephen Graham), who join up with Mickey (Brad Pitt), an Irish gypsy and boxer.


In another corner resides equally loony Russian gangster Boris the Blade (Rade Sherbedgia), who has asked Jewish gangster Franky Four Fingers (Benicio Del Toro) to place a bet on the match for him. Boris is also scheming to have Sol (Lennie James), the owner of a pawn shop, rob the place with a couple of dim associates. Meanwhile, Avi (Dennis Farina), freshly arrived in London from New York, hires Bullet Tooth Tony (Vinnie Jones) to find Franky when he goes missing; it seems that it was none other than Franky who was supposed to be transporting the purloined diamond to New York.
The movie overall had great reviews and did pretty well on the box office. Guy Ritchie made sure he doesn’t Déjà vu the character of Brad Pitt just like in Fight Club. The director has carefully blended surprising twists in the movie with excellent and fast camera zooms. Some might say that Guy Ritchie has stick to one formula movie but the truth is that formula is doing pretty good for him and his movies on the cinema.
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