Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels was a fantastic film which was made even better by the back story behind it all. Guy Ritchie put his all into that film - literally - and fortunately, it all went swimmingly. Enter Snatch. Now if any of you people out there loved Lock Stock as much as I did, do yourself a favour and see this movie as fast as you can.
Much like with Tarantino and Pulp Fiction there was a lot of pressure on Ritchie to 'bring home the bacon' (as he would probably say) with Snatch. Thankfully, he did it. Snatch keeps the same style as Lock, Stock. It has that terrific dark humour, simple, yet effective story and great acting but it ups the ante (and the budget).
The story is filled with unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers who all fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond. Pretty simple, but terribly, terribly funny. Snatch is a bit more serious than Lock Stock, but when it's funny, you'll laugh till your lungs burst.
The acting is amazing. All of the actors really nail playing this stupid, over the top characters so seriously. It was nice to see Vinnie Jones, who was Big Chris in the last movie, return as the same basic character (only now named Bullet Tooth Tony) and doing the same "slamming victim's head in a car door" act again. It's also a breath of fresh air to see a big star like Brad Pitt recognize what a talent Ritchie is an actually offer to be in this film.
Guy Richie has a very music-video style as far as the camera angles, movements, and cinematography goes. The strange camera techniques get so mad with lunacy which is absolutely perfect for the pace and the tone of his movies.
I would wholeheartedly recommend this film. Well done to Guy Ritchie, England's Tarantino.