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RocknRolla: Slow to Build With a Rockin' Finish

RocknRolla: Slow to Build With a Rockin' Finish

RocknRolla is extremely similar in tone and format to director Guy Ritchie's other films, and I must say I'm starting to think that his movies are only as good as the actors in them. Snatch is a good ensemble piece overall, but the most memorable parts are due to standout performances by actors like Brad Pitt and Alan Ford. Though not as good a film as Snatch, RocknRolla similarly benefits from some fine performers, in this case Tom Wilkinson, Mark Strong, and Toby Kebbell, among other members of the extensive cast in this convoluted story.

And by convoluted I mean I'm not sure I can even get into the plot here without writing another six paragraphs or so. Suffice to say there are a couple high-level criminal guys (played by Tom Wilkinson, Mark Strong and others), a resourceful accountant (Thandie Newton), a few bumbling low-level thugs (Gerard Butler, Idris Elba, Tom Hardy), and a druggie rock star, Johnny Quid (Toby Kebbell) all chasing around large amounts of money and/or a beloved painting. There are a lot of men behaving badly because they had cruel fathers. There's a good amount of violence (often paired with great music) and torture mixed with dry, dark humor. It's funny and exciting — but not consistently so. For more on what I mean,


The beginning is slow to build, with tons of details to take in at once, and sometimes the story is downright uninteresting. But the ending is exciting enough to make you forget the entire hour or so that came before it. Maybe that's Ritchie's shtick: Saving the best, most memorable parts for last so you're left with the impression that it was a great movie.

So, is it worth it? That depends. If you haven't liked any of Ritchie's stuff in the past, this movie will definitely not change your opinion. If you've never seen his movies, start with Snatch and make RocknRolla last on the list. And for any fan of his, RocknRolla is worth it for the helluva good ride we get to take in the last third or so of the movie.

Oh, also: We get a brief glimpse of Gerard Butler's bare backside. So. There's that.

Photos courtesy of Warner Bros.

Banks Banks 8 years
I think Krane needs to hush up! Gerry was GREAT and his sex scene was Great too, it was humorous, serious and just Gerry= he's naturally good at sex scenes and always adds a bit of humor to his characters, even if it is during a sex scene. From: Banks
Banks Banks 8 years
No, Gerry's ass doesn't look like it did in "300", but it was still damn ass HOT in "Rock n Rolla!!!!! Gerry's ass could be fat,thin,or muscular and it would still be HOT!!! Gerry will always be HOT!!! Hotter everyday. He's the closest thing to perfect that anyone will ever get. He can get away with anything!!!! From: Banks XOXO=Gerry
Banks Banks 8 years
I loved this movie so much, mainly because Gerry was in it & he's my role model/hero, but i also loved Guy Ritchies "Loch Stock". I knew i was going to love it, i love all of Gerry's films, he has great taste in roles. And all of you who want to see it cause Gerry's shirtless, well sorry, thats not Gerry, thats the guy chasing Gerry into the tunnel, but don't turn back now. Even better, you do see Gerry's bare ass...HOT!!!!!! I saw the it in theatres 3 times and then i bought it the day it came out on DVD and my friend Amanda bought me the 2disc virsion for my Birthday on 2/14 & it was all worth it. So if you havn't seen it yet then what r u waitin for? Gerry's got great humor in it & is so charming. His suites, dance moves, hansome Bob problems, & violent/rough side is out of this world! The whole movie is filled with humor/violence & more, but mostly for the Gerry. Great job Gerry, keep it up!!! Better everyday. From: Banks/Gerry's #1Fan
resamac resamac 8 years
Gerard Butler shirtless? ...I'm in!
aistea311 aistea311 8 years
OMG funniest thing. I went to the midnight showing of this with a friend of mine who is also a Guy Ritchie fan. I get there before my friend does and guess what? Not a single person was in the theatre but the two of us. Can you believe that? I dont think Guy Ritchie gets the credit he deserves. The movie was absolutely amazing. I couldnt stop laughing and paying attention. The soundtrack was so great and Gerard Butler and the stuff with Handsome Rob? Oh my god :rotfl:
scissorz scissorz 8 years
i haven't seen this but i think i will soon - as long as it stays in the theaters! i loved lock stock and snatch so much...he seems to make better movies sans madonna
krane krane 8 years
I too saw "Rocknrolla." I had heard on the news that it isn't doing well in the U.S. so decided not to let it get by as I have with other films lately. There were only 9 people in the theater but on a Monday at 5:15 p.m. what can you expect? I think I mostly approve. It is different from the style of films we often see. I agree with the reviewer that it got tedious at times. For me the near killer was the almost unrelieved meanness in the movie. I began to think, who wants to watch a movie about a slew of gangsters, sewer rats, drug addicts and rip off artists? Where is the redemption here? It got depressing for a bit. I don't want to say more about the story and spoil it for those who haven't seen the movie, but redemption came to an extent by the plot twist toward the end of the film, which offered a certain poetic justice and poetic epiphany, gave a certain up and coming young actor a chance to shine and shifted the viewer's perception of most of the main characters. Yes, it took awhile to build up the complexities of this story. And no, I don't believe G. Butler took his shirt off in this one, not even to have sex (and that was the silliest, most unconvincing sex scene I ever saw, in spite of all the hype about it.) Also, ladies, GB's bum isn't as buff as it was in "300." Men develop 40ish cellulite too, it appears. Back to the gym, Gerry, ASAP.
weetiger3 weetiger3 8 years
By the way, some friends and I went to the 7:15 show Friday night and then stayed for the 10pm!!
weetiger3 weetiger3 8 years
I LOVED this movie! But then again, I was a Guy Ritchie fan going in. I've been waiting for this one since Summer '07 when I found out Gerard Butler was going to be in it. (Chomping at the bit more like.) Typical Ritchie combo of humor and violence with some great snappy dialogue thrown in. I loved the characters and frankly, can't wait for the sequel(s). Yes the tush shot was verrry nice but sorry to disappoint, that's not G ripping his shirt off during the chase scene.
ohjeeze ohjeeze 8 years
Wow I thought I was the only one (who had to drag my unwilling friend) who went to see RocknRolla last weekend there were only 5 people in the entire theater although it was Halloween night. I couldn't agree with you more. During the 1st hour 1/2 I thought I chose a crappy film for us to see (and he kept asking me "Why did you drag me to see this" throughout the first hour) because it was moving so slow, I even started to dose off. But then halfway through the action finally started and the ending was pretty good, I think he even like it more than I did. I don't know if I'll pay to see another Ritchie film in the theater if this is his film making style, but I may watch it on tv.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i really wanted to see this movie but didn't end up checking it out this past weekend. i have to agree that you can pick out a ritchie movie since they are all kind of similar..but in this one, the cast is alluring enough - not outstanding but definitely enough to hold my interest.
wildflower666 wildflower666 8 years
he way hotter then all my ex
piper23 piper23 8 years
My husband is dying to see this. And if Gerard is shirtless, count me in!!
luckyme luckyme 8 years
The preview with the shirtless Gerard Butler was enough for me...I'll see it ;).
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