|Fig 1 - Snatch Poster|
I am unsure whether my feelings towards this film stem from a personal abhorrence towards anything overtly nationalistic or simply the fact that the film just isn't that great. Though there are elements that appeal to me, more often than not I found myself cringing at the quintessentially 'British' humour that often punctuates comebacks to statements of stupidity. It manages to glorify hooliganism, in the broadest sense, without straying into territory of films like The Firm (2009) which is undoubtedly inspired by Ritchie's directorial style. That said, I am a great fan of his Sherlock Holmes (2009) adaptation and even The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015) to some degree, however I just didn't click with the subject matter here. More than anything, Snatch feels like the kind of transatlantic incoherence Tarantino would produce trying to direct an episode of EastEnders. It's all either being a little too on-the-nose or just downright silly.
|Fig 2 - Snatch - Turkish, Mickey and Tommy|
Overall, I wanted to like Snatch more than I did. I do think the plot gets a little lost in the excess of characters and proves to ultimately showcase a production of 'style over substance'. Though it is quite clearly 'one for the lads', there is an undeniable audience for it and I'll continue to follow Ritchie's career in the hopes of better things to come. Here's hoping he won't do the same thing to Aladdin that he did to King Arthur.
Fig. 1 Snatch Poster (2000) From: Snatch - Directed by: Guy Ritchie
Fig. 2 Snatch Screenshot (2000) From: Snatch - Directed by: Guy Ritchie