Reviewing my DVD collection: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Stylish, clever, well-written, yes a little cartoonish and absurd, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is Guy Ritchie’s masterpiece or at the very least beats the pants off of any crappy movie he’s made since marrying Madonna.
I think it’s easy to say that Lock, Stock… is an overrated film, like so many other great indie films simply by virtue of the fact that everyone talks and raves about it. But there’s a reason for that. This film is a real blast to watch, though I find it difficult to watch without English subtitles.
Featuring a pretty great performance from Sting and the only film were former footballer Vinnie Jones isn’t playing a complete caricature of himself, Lock, Stock.. is the godfather of the ultra-violent, modern day heist film. Not to mention, watching it last night convinced me that, multiple Transporters aside, Jason Statham can be great if given the right script, the right role and some good direction.
Now that it appears Madonna and Guy Ritchie may be on the outs, everyone who loved this film and it’s follow-up Snatch, which I liked far less than Lock, Stock…, can keep their fingers crossed that the master of modern day heist can return to his old form or at the very least not attempt anything like that Swept Away remake ever again.