Welcome all, to an evaluation on the auteur of British director Guy Ritchie, as seen in two of his most successful films. Ritchie was born on the 10th September 1968 in Hatfield, England.. Ritchie’s directing career started in 1995, where he directed a 20 minute short film entitled The Hard Case. Three years after that, Ritchie directed his second film, and his first ever feature film, Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels ( commonly referred to as Lock, Stock. Then, not two years later, Ritchie directed his second successful film, Snatch, which grossed eighty three and a half million US dollars, around four times as much as Lock, Stock. Ritchie has gone on to direct blockbuster movies such as Revolver, Rock’N’Rolla and the Sherlock Holmes series. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, will be the films evaluated. The two films known for making Ritchie’s career what it is today. These two films share many of the same characteristics and themes. Both of these films are known for their modern take on the British gangster film. Ritchie’s type of genre comes from his childhood growing up in England's rougher suburbs. Unlike most gangster films, Ritchie’s gangsters are clumsy and foolish, as seen through characters like Tommy from Snatch (50:30 Snatch). Other characteristics seen in both these movies include:
A combination of violence and witty humour
Quick paced editing: scenes are filled with jump cuts, close-ups, flashbacks, spinning camera angles, as well as an innovative use of slow-motion in other scenes. Brilliant Dialogue: Conversation is fast, witty and street credible, with the use of lower-class British accents
Lock, Stock and Snatch are both set in murky, cold London outskirts, where criminal activity is at a high. There is a repetitive use of public areas such as pubs, slot machine houses and pawn shops. All of which appear scummy and cheap. Ritchie also likes to use a fancy office, for the gangster boss, or the man in charge so to...
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