Mr. Awards – Guy Ritchie

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Starting a new and hopefully a successful series of posts which was originally supposed to be an one time thing but happened to be more exciting as a longer commitment to this blog. Mr. Awards is obviously, as the name states, an award but it can be Mrs. Awards as well. It will be given, by me of course, to a man or a woman in the movie world for their body of work. It can be an actor or a director, a composer or a script writer – no limits of any kind from my part. Hell, it can even be an award for an outstanding blogger! Also, there is no certain logic to the order of these awards being contributed, it is done in random and therefore the first luck of the draw gives us the first receiver – director Guy Ritchie.

Guy Ritchie hasn’t made a lot of movies since his debut in 1995 with a short film called The Hard Case but it seems he has made an impression, at least for me. I remember watching Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels with my dad and thinking of how awesome the movie really is. First time ever I remember wondering how a movie was made and how cool the writing behind it was. The love continued with Snacth and it might even escalated to a point where I thought Ritchie was a genius! But then came Swept Away and well, there are no words for that. Revolver after that was a bit better but personally, Rocknrolla was proof that Ritchie was back on track!

There is a connection between Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch and Rocknrolla – all three are written and directed by Ritchie. That is something I like in a director, that for me is something that makes a good director even greater and that is why I didn’t love Sherlock Holmes as much as his earlier work. I liked it, no doubt about that, but I didn’t love it like I love Snatch. There is like a certain schedule for these types of directors, make many great movies based on your own script and then get a lot of money for directing other people’s work. I just have to gross my fingers and hope that Ritchie returns to his trademark – self written plots directed by him with certain rawness I adore so much. Even the voice-over doesn’t bother me when it comes to Ritchie because he makes it look cool, witty and lets face it, extremely British!

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    themoviewaffler
    July 23, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Nooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!! After Michael Bay, Ritchie i probably the director I hate most 🙁

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      mettelray
      July 24, 2012 at 11:35 AM

      Michael Bay and Ritchie can hardly be following each other. The first is far worst… the other is mostly a matter of taste! Ritchie has a certain style that only appeals to certain people, I’m just more tolerant to his style plus I love the Brits! (:

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        The Movie Waffler (@moviewaffle)
        July 24, 2012 at 3:05 PM

        For me the last great British crime film was The Long Good Friday. I hate all these recent Guy Ritchie/Danny Dyer “geezer” movies.

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    Scott Lawlor (@FrontRoomCinema)
    July 24, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Ha, Unlike Mr Waffler, I quite like Ritchie. Sort of. I loved Snatch and Lock Stock…

    Not so much for the sherlock films. But he does have some good points for sure, and when he was at Big Screen last year he seemed a lot more humble than I thought he would be!!!

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      mettelray
      July 24, 2012 at 11:36 AM

      His earlier work is by far better than Sherlock. Like I said, I liked it (mostly because of Robert Downey Jr) but didn’t love it.

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