Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond.
Guy Ritchie is the sort of filmmaker that manages to frustrate me and amaze me in the same vein. Snatch is a bit like that; but it mostly amazes.
On the surface, the film has a really basic narrative, though if you’ve seen it you now how intense this film gets. It’s not convoluted or confusing either, it just has lots of layers. Each time you see a new character or returned to an earlier one, you are captivated. The characters are by far the best part in the movie as each one is completely different to the previous whilst keeping to vague stereotypes. You have to give credit to Ritchie who uses his typical sharp writing style to make the dialogue as good as the characters he’s created.
The issue I have with this film, is that it takes a while to get going. Even though, that on second viewings you can admire Ritchie’s writing and directing. I can’t put out of my mind that on first viewing, I was intensely bored for the first 30 minutes. Luckily, after that, it’s hard not to say that Snatch is perfect. Like I said, Ritchie’s style behind the camera often frustrates me but his style certainly keeps you locked to the screen.
With wonderful characters, you need wonderful actors. Everyone here is pretty much character acting so everyone is great. The ones that stand out are the ones in deep character. Such as Brad Pitt as Mickey O’Neil who is so unrecognizable and deep into his role its hard to believe – ‘I’ll fight ya for it’. Also Benicio Del Toro as Franky Four Fingers is brilliant, but its Del Toro, so what do you expect? Other honorable mentions are Vinnie Jones who is great as quite literally Vinnie Jones and Alan Ford, who is terrifying in this film.
After about 30 minutes, Snatch will grab you by the throat and not let go. – 4.5/5