My checklist of easy-to-find robbery movies is almost done! Just Heat, the 1969 Italian Job, and mayyyyyyyyyyyybe Point Break (if I feel like I can suffer through that amount of dudebro). After that, I can start digging for treasure in the bargain bin, and there’s always treasure in a bargain bin!
But first, Guy Ritchie’s beloved crimedy:
This film is a mess…I mean that very lovingly, for there’s a lot to love here, but you just have to accept that the plot is all over the place. Snatch has 4 consecutive stories, FOUR! Each of them involves its own little cast of 3-6 characters and intersects at some point during the movie. You’re going to need to see this twice in order to piece together the actual flow of events, and I do think that’s a problem.
However, Ritchie’s scene work is undeniable; the characters are genuine, the dialog is amazing, and every scene is dripping with gleeful gallows-humor. It’s Britcom meets The Sopranos, and that combination is potent. There’s also a lot of highly characteristic cinematography with crazy close-ups, unflattering angles, and long handheld sections. It’s jarring and very reminiscent of a very particular era of art-film, but it’s also done very well, and I like that overtly ugly style anyway!
Even though the overall film might be served by having a clearer focus, every scene is so delightful on its own that the movie manages to come together in the end. A wacky mix of naturalistic drama and Blackadder banter, this movie earns its place in the pantheon of crime classics. Confusing…but an absolute pleasure.