This feature is where we discuss a topic of film and decide which three movies from that specific topic fit into the categories of ‘acquire, hire or fire’. We will be getting guests to do their versions too. Guests may include readers, fellow writers or even stars of film. Today, it’s our Editor-in-Chief Adam Ray Palmer.
'Acquire' means a film you would buy, 'Hire' means you would rent it and 'Fire' of course means you wouldn’t give it the time of day.
Today’s theme is ‘films made by Guy Ritchie’.
There’s only one ‘fire’ film to choose from Guy Ritchie’s back catalogue as he has really only ever had one ‘duff’. The dodgy and ‘a Lock, Stock film too far’ Revolver is just simply a movie to avoid. It kind of tarnishes Ritchie’s career as it sticks out like a sore thumb. He has a really impressive resume but Revolver should not be on it. It views like a film that was rushed and just churned out for some money – give it a miss.
My ‘hire’ film was a difficult choice between two films… that was until I realised I had chosen the other in a previous edition. Sherlock Holmes was in the running for this silver medal prize but it missed out due two reasons. Firstly, the reason above and secondly; because he only directed that movie. My eventual ‘hire’ film was a full-Guy Ritchie production. He wrote, produced and directed RocknRolla. This film is severely underrated for me. It has a great narrative, incredible soundtrack and a very talented cast. The character of ‘the junkie’ played by Toby Kebbell really raised his profile. Toby is a gem in RocknRolla. This film is a must-watch.
Let’s be honest people, there’s only one winner here. Before you all shout Lock, Stock – no! It can only be Snatch in my opinion. This film is different gravy. The cast is formidable, the characters are perfect, the soundtrack yet again is sublime, the plot twists are riveting and there are so many scenes and one-liners that you can relay again and again and again. It used to be my favourite film a few years ago until I widened my cinema-going approach but that doesn’t mean it’s becoming a bad movie, I have just found other delights. Snatch is iconic and for very fair reasons.