Guy Ritchie's follow-up to the cockney knees-up gangster movie, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, has been heckled by some critics as being too similar to his first film. But Snatch is a no-clone. Snatch is to Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels what Pulp Fiction is to Reservoir Dogs more daring, more expansive and more thrilling.Snatch is a ballistic ride through London's underworld a transatlantic diamond deal gone wrong, the surly world of unlicensed bare-knuckle fighting, wily Irish gypsies (pikeys) and trademark smart-arsed cockney gangster types.
Snatch pulsates with critical-mass energy, sharp humour and vivid imagination. Visually, it's a real feast, with director Guy Ritchie burning up the screen with fresh and scintillating imagery that will give you sensory overload.
There's no doubt Snatch will appeal to blokes, but what's in it for the ladies? Will Brad Pitt do? As One Punch Mikey, the Irish tattooed bare-knuckle boxing gypsy, Pitt is indeed the film's standout performance. With superstar status buried under his humorous pikey persona, Pitt gives his best performance to date.
With such an array of characters (with silly names: Franky Four Fingers, Brick Top, Bullet Tooth Tony and Boris the Blade), the film does lack a little of the warmth and intimacy of the characters of Lock Stock. This aside, the film's cracking dialogue, visual razzamatazz and great cast make it the dog's bollocks.You'll be a muppet to miss it! (and other puns...) David Michael