The last time I saw Ryan Reynolds in a film was The Proposal (2009). It wasn’t my favourite and kind of kept me away from future Reynolds movies. Having watched The Voices (2014), I can confirm that my attitude has changed.
The Voices is a crime/ comedy film directed by Marjane Satrapi and stars Reynolds as Jerry – a sinister / very unbalanced individual who somehow manages to remain likeable.
You’ll probably find yourself not quite rooting for him as such – on account of the murdering. However empathy will kick in since he’s definitely ‘not well’.
The way the Director/ Cinematographer presented the world of Jerry, how he sees things as opposed to actual reality is a particular highlight.
Watch it for a pleasantly different turn from Reynolds and good performances from Jacki Weaver, Anna Kendrick and Gemma Aterton. I was also glad to see great character actor Sam Spruell’s name on the cast list.
Starring two spectacular screen talents in the shape of the late James Gandolfini and British Actor Tom Hardy, The Drop is an expertly executed film.
In the dark and grim criminal underworld of Brooklyn New York – where Director Michaël R. Roskam’s movie is set, there’s a brilliant stillness. A certain calm, both within particular characters and what is conveyed atmospherically. Not to say that there isn’t plenty going on here – because there is.
The musical score does a great job of perfectly conveying the many tense and gripping predicaments in which the characters find themselves.
I found myself more than thrilled to be watching Hardy and Gandolfini sharing screen time – perhaps even as thrilled as I imagine both Actors might have been to be working together.
Watch it because true masters are at work and it’s great story. You might even find yourself wondering if it has ever been easier to like the ‘bad guy.’
Here is the reason I was yelping with uncontrollable joy today.
There’s been some talk about the authenticity of the Russian accents…
It’s all business of course, the need to get the film to as wide an audience as possible. I’m just happy to watch the very talented cast including Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Vincent Cassel, Noomi Rapace, etc. and fully understanding what they’re saying without difficulty.
Such an interesting story. I can’t wait to see it unfold.
Brad Pitt isn’t the only big name star in Snatch (2000), Guy Ritchies follow up to Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels (1998). Benicio Del Toro and Dennis Farina make two more very welcome stateside additions.
Snatch is a fun British gangster film with fast, witty dialogue delivered by engaging characters. To reference just three, a ‘dodgy Russian’, loud Jewish American and a bunch of well organised Irish Gypsies. You can expect plenty including clever antics, a few not so clever, but very entertaining antics and some ‘healthy’ double crossing for good measure.
Snatch and Lock Stock have been criticised for being all surface and no substance. That may be true to a degree, but sometimes surface is exactly what you need. What ever you decide, I’ll promise you this, you won’t feel anywhere near as cheated as you probably did after watching the last two instalments of the Hangover (2009) trilogy. Believe me!
Watch it if only to see Brad Pitt’s interpretation of a version of the Irish accent and Benicio Del Toro being brilliant and as effortlessly cool as always. Did I already say that the last 20 minutes is super?
Super wordplay. Just one of the the things I love about this movie.
Set in London’s East End, Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels is very entertaining – thanks to the excellent dialogue and incessantly funny male banter.
From Writer / Director Guy Ritchie, the film fits comfortably into the comedy / crime genre. There’s no shortage of well crafted characters, some of whom you’d count yourself very lucky to never encounter.
If you’re a seasoned film fan, It may be hard to not have Quentin Tarantino pop into your mind, for reasons including but not limited to the highly quotable dialogue and brilliant soundtrack.