Top Five Guy Ritchie Movies
Who is Guy Ritchie?
Guy Ritchie is one of the greatest living screenwriters, producers and movie directors. This brilliant forty-three-year old man comes from Hatfield, England. He was born as a second child (older sister) to Amber and Captain John Vivian Ritchie. During his growing up he had a lot of problems with dyslexic. When he was fifteen years old, he was expelled from Stanbridge Earls School, one of the best schools specialized in dyslexic. After this, he even started using drugs, but that didn't stop him to succeed in life. He became famous all around the world when he married Madonna in 2000, but this marriage lasted only to 2008.
Although he was kind a bad boy as a teenager he managed to rise and become a movie director. Ritchie didn't have much success in the 90s, except some promos and short films. However his big brake came in 1998, with the movie Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.
Why are Guy Ritchie's movies so damn good? Maybe because of his use of narration, or his brilliant humor even in violent scenes or his common work with the same actors: Marc Strong, Jason Statham etc. or maybe because his movies have numerous plot threads which later overlap.
Guy Rithie's greatest hits are: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, RockNrolla, Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock Holmes II "A Game of Shadows".
Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
This British crime film came out in 1998. Starring Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Jason Statham, Vinnie Jones and even a singer Sting had a small part. The story begins when four best friends put together 400 000 pounds so that one of them, who is a card genius, can buy in to one high stakes three card brag game at Harry "The Hatchet" Longsdale's place.
Of course that they lose all of their money and even more, so they need to pay up, or they will end up dead. After a few drinking days they decide to come up with a plan. Their plan is to rob a small criminal organization, after this organization rob some small drug dealers. This doesn't even sounds simple, and it definitely isn't.
The key to Ritchie's success is that his dialogs are so brilliant and so funny and it can especially be seen in this movie. You simply need to watch the whole movie, every sentence, every second of it, because you don't want to miss anything.
Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels trailer
Snatch is a crime film which came out in a year 2000. Guy Ritchie assembled a fantastic crew for this movie: Brad Pitt, Jason Statham, Rade Sherbedgia, Vinnie Jones, Dennis Farina, Benicio Del Toro etc.
The story begins with Turkish (Jason Statham), a small boxing promoter, who is trying to survive in the world of unlicensed boxing. He runs his business from a trailer, and he sends his partner Tommy to buy him one from gypsies, and that's when the whole story begins. After losing his fighter in a fight against gypsies champion Mickey (Brad Pitt), Turkish is being blackmailed by Brick Top, a criminal who runs the underground unlicensed boxing, On the other hand, Cousin Avi (Dennis Farina) sends Franky four fingers to steal one enormous diamond. During the movie this two stories eventually overlap and causes a lot of problems for the characters.
Like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking barrels, this movie also has a brilliant dialogs that force you to laugh continuously. You will fall in love with some of the characters, and you will be able to watch this movie over and over again, because you simply can not get bored watching it.
You need to watch this movie "Before Zee Germans Get Here".
Another brilliant British crime film. This one came out in 2008, and once again Ritchie manages to assemble one hell of a crew: Mark Strong, Gerard Butler, Tom Hardy, Idris Elba etc.
This movie also contains two separate stories. The first one begins with Lenny Cole, who is a local mob boss, especially interested in real estate. After the Russian billionaire comes interested in buying some land that isn't legal, Lenny as the mafia boss wants his piece. This Russian is personally very connected to his favorite piece of art, a picture that we won't see in the entire movie. He lawns this picture to Lenny as a good luck charm. This leads us the second story.
Lenny's stepson, a junky and a musician Jonny Quaid steals this picture from his stepfather, and disappears. Obviously, that puts Lenny in a lot of trouble and Archy (Mark Strong) as Lenny's henchman, has to do all the hard work. In the middle of this there is One Two (Gerard Butler) who is the leader of a group called "The Wild Bunch". The story of the Wild Bunch overlaps when they steal money from the Russian billionaire so they can pay their debt to Lenny.
Once again Guy Ritchie did it. The screenplay is fantastic, the movie is hilarious and definitely worth watching.
After his success in British crime movies, Guy Ritchie tried his luck in directing an action mystery movie, and not any movie, but a movie about the greatest detective known to men, the famous Sherlock Holmes. Did he succeeded? Yes he did.
First, lock at the crew: Robert Downey Jr. Jud Law, Rachel McAdams and again Mark Strong. It came out in 2009, and was nominated for two academy awards, received positive reviews, earned a lot of cash.
The story begins when Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and his partner doctor Watson (Jude Law) race to prevent the ritual murder of a woman by Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong). Lord Blackwood is arrested and being sentenced to death by hanging. He was hanged but somehow he succeeded to rise from his grave.
Of course Sherlock doesn't believe in ghosts, and he is trying to solve this mystery along with Dr. Watson, and he is also trying to prevent Lord Blackwood to overthrow the British government and then conquer the United States.
This is the first high budget movie by Guy Ritchie and it was a huge success. The movie is funny, it has some fantastic action scenes, good screenplay, great dialogs and it's very suspense. Ritchie proved that he was up the task, when he decided to make a movie about the greatest detective in the history.
Sherlock Holmes trailer
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
The second part of Sherlock Holmes came out in 2011. The same winning duo, Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, amazed us once again. I must add, that although personally I was cheering for Brad Pitt to act as professor Moriarty, Jared Harris who actually got the part did a great job.
The story is pretty clear. Professor Moriarty is trying to cause the World War I between Germany and France, by setting some time bombs and then waiting for these two nations to accuse each other.
Of course again Holmes and Watson are the only ones who are able to prevent this from happening.
Even if this story sounds simple, trust me it definitely is not. This movie will astound you. It has it all: love, mystery, action, a good laugh, friendship, and believe me that rivalry between Holmes and Moriarty is simply amazing.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows trailer
Which is your favorite Guy Ritchie movie
One Last Thing
Personally I am tired of Hollywood producers who are investing millions and millions of dollars in some blockbuster movies that have no story, it's all about action, bombs, destruction etc. Guy Ritchie is just the opposite. Although his recent two movies are full of action, he didn't gave up on dialog, he still writes a good script and for that I really admire him.