When a Russian mobster sets up a real estate scam that generates millions of pounds, various members of London's criminal underworld pursue their share of the fortune. Various shady characters, including Mr One-Two, Stella the accountant, and Johnny Quid, a druggie rock-star, try to claim their slice.
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I married a women that is not only beautiful and awesome, but a traveler as well. I am not at all. I could live in the same city for the rest of my life, never visit another place and be content. If we lived with actual Star Trek beaming technology, that would be another story, but we don’t so I don’t want to. Since our marriage we have been in about nine different countries in different capacities and I only would go back to maybe three. For my thirtieth birthday, my wife planned a trip to Scotland and Northern Ireland, and that was the best trip to me. Scotland was fantastic and Ireland was a close second.
As is the usual when I travel, I was sick for a few days on this trip and had it really bad our first full day in Ireland. I tried my best to walk the city for her to look at the sites, but I had had enough within the first few hours of that. She had mercy on me and we went to the local movie theater and decided to watch the latest release. This movie hadn’t even hit the states yet, so it was pretty cool being able to see a movie before it reached our home country. So we bought our tickets and entered the main entrance of the theater, on our way to see RockNRolla.
Being sick is no fun. Being sick on vacation is doubly so. But when I stepped into the theater that would show our movie my eyes widened. Not only were we the only ones there, but this theater looked like an old school one, but it looked new. It was old-fashioned looking and it had very comfy seats that you sank into. This will always be the look I would want if I ever got to be one of those rich guys that had their own movie theaters. We plopped down and prepared to watch the show.
I like Guy Ritchie as a director, his style and vision for his films. I couldn’t stand his first film, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, but his sophomore effort, Snatch, was awesome. Then he put his then wife in Swept Away and made it one for two. Then came RockNRolla, which brought him back to his Lock Stockin’ Snatch days and it was fun. His characters are always interesting to watch and that grainy film style is, most of the time, candy for the eyes. Like Tarantino, he has a way with his dialogue that separates him from the rest of his colleagues and always has a cast who seem to have a different accent for every other character.
I love these films from Guy Ritchie, for the most part, because it seems like they are all happening in the same universe he has created, like Marvel is doing with their films currently. Each character could be plopped in and out of the other movies and fit fine. The other thing that I like is how well it seems to capture Europe so well, in my eyes at least. With the exception of Scotland and Ireland, I find Europe very dirty. Graffiti is everywhere and if you’ve seen Trainspotting…the restrooms look like that scene…yeah…gross. I haven’t been to every country in Europe and hopefully I never will, but that’s what I come away with. You can feel the filthy areas of these films and that helps you to enjoy more.
We walked out of the theater and back onto the streets of Belfast, I was still sick, but at least I had an opportunity to sit down and relax and enjoy a good movie. We walked back to our hotel and I took a long nap. This is one of the better movie experiences for me because I got to experience firsthand a European movie in Europe with a gorgeous woman.