Review 381: Snatch (2000)
Before this viewing, I’d only seen bits and pieces of Snatch. I was in the mood for something light and I found great pleasure in this movie. It held my attention from the beginning to the end. Guy Ritchie’s film style is hit or miss for me, but I’m definitely on board with this one. It’s clear to me that Snatch earns the Not Quite Golden, Ponyboy rating.
Snatch is an engaging film that really was fun to watch
Snatch shows a series of criminals and how their lives end up intertwining. Turkish (Jason Statham) is a boxing promoter of illegal fights, but he tries to keep them on the up and up. He finds himself in debt to Brick Top, a bookie and promoter, and that’s when things spiral out of control.
The film focuses around Turkish, but follows Franky Four Fingers (Benicio Del Toro) as he steals a giant diamond. His contact in America, Cousin Avi (Dennis Farina), desperately wants the jewel. Yet, it’s existence brings Boris the Blade (Rade Serbedzija), Bullet-Tooth Tony (Vinnie Jones), Vinny (Robbie Gee), and Sol (Lennie James) into the story. Mickey (Brad Pitt) a gypsy is brought in initially for Tommy (Stephen Graham) and Turkish to buy a new Caravan. The way the storylines cross is extremely entertaining and a hell of a ride.
An intertwining tale worth watching
There is a lot to love in this movie, but the story really did it for me. It’s a film full of bad guys and Turkish seems to be the best person among them. He’s not innocent in anyway, but he seems to have a sense of morality lacking by the rest of them. However, Brad Pitt is probably the most memorable element of the film. A year after Fight Club and we get a pike bare knuckle boxer who is insane in the ring. The first time we see him fight, where he takes some huge punches and gets back up, is crazy. He shrugs them off and his comedic styling and crazy speech patterns made him my favorite character.
If you’re like me and sitting back wondering if Snatch is any good, it is. I’d say it’s one of Guy Ritchie’s best behind Sherlock Holmes. Yes, I like the RDJ Sherlock Holmes. The story is compelling and Brad Pitt is hilarious. It’s also got a cast that really nails their performances and Ritchie’s visual style.