#94: Snatch. (2000)

When and how did I watch this?

October 8th, 2016 on Hulu Plus.

Had I seen this film already?


What did I know about the movie before watching it?

Not much.  I read that Brad Pitt and Jason Statham were in it, and that says enough about what kind of film this would be.

What do I know about it now?

Snatch is basically Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels‘ baby brother, wanting to be more fun and intelligent than his predecessor, and he’s probably better looking too. His parents keep saying, “Why don’t you be more like Lock-Stock?”, generating more pressure to measure up to the older sibling’s performance, so he kind of overdoes it, and we’re left with a faster, funnier, but somewhat convoluted version of the older offspring.

And then you discover it’s the same director.  How did this happen?  I’m not sure, but I know that writers can sort of get into a genre rut and write similar stories repeatedly. This happened in some of my college writing classes: a student would write a story, and everyone would think it was brilliant, so he’d write another one just like it expecting the same results.  It’s called the law of diminishing return — it’s not going to be as awesome as the previous version.  The jokes were probably funny, and the characters were probably interesting, but I feel like I just saw a film just like it.  And that’s unfortunate, because Brad Pitt was awesome, as expected.  In contrast, Turk/Statham was forgettable.  The rest of the cast was really a series of fill-ins for Ritchie’s cool ideas of quirky characters, all of which appeared cartoonish and none of them ringing true on the screen, even in their bizarre caricatures. Cute concept, but an inflated approach and overly complicated. Had I seen this first, it might have seemed slightly better, but sometimes complicated doesn’t necessarily mean it makes sense nor does it make it a good film.

What are some themes in the film?

Revenge (over and over again), discrimination, gambling, Brad Pitt wielding yet another goofy accent

Did this affect me personally?

Getting redundant here: I liked Brad Pitt’s character. He almost showed himself sentimental in the film, but yielded in the end, and it worked.

Why is this ranked #94?

They probably got mixed up between this one and Lock, Stock. They’re probably also fans of Brad Pitt and Guy Ritchie, or Madonna. Or maybe not.

Did my wife watch/like it?

She found it hard to watch at times, not because of content, but because it was boring.

Would I watch it again?


Would I recommend it to a friend?

I have friends that are probably in love with this movie, and many others like it.  But from a purely objective perspective, this is not worth your time.

Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?

Nope.  I read that Ritchie directed “Sherlock Holmes” nine years later.  The film was likewise full of effects, action, quick wits, and over-the-top personas.  More importantly, it was smart and it made sense. “Snatch” wasn’t and didn’t, and to me that’s unfortunate.

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