“The Real RocknRolla”
August 22nd, 2009
Guy Ritchie directs the British crime film RocknRolla. The film centers on a gang of criminals known as The Wild Bunch, a mobster who follows the "old school", the disappearance ofjunkie rockstar, two music producers, a couple of Russians and an accountant. The film is in the theme of Ritchie's Snatch and Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels.
The movie features an ensemble cast including Gerard Butler, Idris Elba, Thandie Newton, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Strong, Tom Hardy, Toby Kebell, Jeremy Piven and Chris "Ludacris" Bridges.
I don't want to explain the plot because it really wouldn't make sense if you were to read it. I enjoyed the movie, it was very good. I viewed the movie almost as if it were a British Smokin' Aces. The film contains a lot of comedic elements that show a different side to Gerard Butler's character named 'One Two' (I haven't seen The Ugly Truth, so I don't know how funny he is). Idris Elba also shows his somewhat comedic side as 'Mumbles'.
With Elba, I was impressed with the use of his accent (he's English for those who didn't know that), because from what I've seen from him, he doesn't contain an accent. Those films and shows include HBO's The Wire, Prom Night, Obsessed, NBC's The Office and 28 Weeks Later. So I enjoyed hearing his true side, which is funny in a way.
Jeremy Piven and Ludacris are a great duo as music producers who question their involvement in everybody else's problems who are forced to find this "apparently" dead, junkie, rock star. Piven doesn't show much of comedic elements as he does in some of his other films. Ludacris is pretty good as an actor. I believe if he keeps landing roles like this he could become an Oscar-worthy actor.
Tom Hardy and Toby Kebell are truly hilarious. Tom Hardy plays Handsome Bob part of the Wild Bunch along with Mumbles an One Two. Toby Kebell portrays Johnny Quid, the screwed up rocker.
I don't want my judgement of the film to heavily way on someone's decision to watch this film. I totally recommend this film for anyone who can understand the British accent and take load of confusions.