Movie Review: Snatch (2000)


If you remember from a while back, I did a review of a crazy caper anime by the name of “Baccano!”. You might also remember that I gave it a pretty damn good score. So I gotta admit, crazy stuff involving robbery and heists are something I like. Another good example is the movie “Heat”. While not being crazy per se, “Heat” was still a heist movie and one that I liked pretty much. So since this is a crazy caper, or as the Rolling Stone calls it; “A Rock ’em Sock ’em caper with energy to spare”. So what did this young but enthusiastic reviewer think of it?

Dear Readers…Snatch.

The story of Snatch is set in England (For the majority of the movie) and follows several connecting stories that have different characters that all have one thing in common…a big diamond. Sure, not all of the characters knows about this supposedly “worth a shit-ton of money” diamond. But it is the one thing connecting all the stories in the end. But to take it from the different perspectives that meet up at one point or another…There is first the men Turkish (Jason Statham) and Tommy (Stephen Graham) who wants to make some money through betting in illegal underground boxing matches. That is how they meet the underdog/pro Mickey O’Neil (Brad Pitt) who you can barely understand anything from by his strange accent (So watch with subtitles so you can know what the hell is going on). Mickey also happens to be (hope I don’t offend anyone) a gipsy (even though he dresses really nicely, sorry if I offend anyone). Look, this movie got so many characters with separate stories that I don’t really feel like going through them all, because A. That would involve spoilers. And B. Too many to go through, this review would get too long. But as the story unfolds I got highly entertained by the fact that something is always happening in this movie, like in every Guy Ritchie movie. This movie never really stops, something is always happening with so much energy that it never gets dull (And I fucking love that).

Like I said before, there are too many characters to go through, so I am not gonna go through them all. But I can however say that they are all flawed, but awesome. They are all highly entertaining to watch evdn if they only get like 5 minutes of screen-time or if you can’t understand a damn thing they’re saying (Damn you, Brad Pitt). There are so many interesting situations that these characters go through that they always stay interesting. One more thing to mention character-wise is that a lot of these characters are either pyscho-mobsters or upright douchebags. Just warning you.

The music in Snatch is just…just…Snatch. Okay, it is fucking awesome. It is just the perfect kind of music for this kind of crazy bullshit. The songs fit their respective placements…perfectly. For example, there is a scene where Irish (I think it’s Irish) Brad Pitt is in a boxing match and they playing “F***in’ in The Bushes” by Oasis and it just works so damn well.

Like I said before, this movie is made with the same energy as every Guy Ritchie movie ever…without going too much over-the-fucking-top. Guy Ritchie movies have so much spare energy that you never get bored by the movie. Another thing you see in this movie like every Guy Ritchie movie ever is the fact that there is a nice dosage of comedy in the damn movie. Just take a look at the “Sherlock Holmes” movies starring Robert Downey Jr. Those movie have a lot of great comedy and are directed by the lovely Mr. Ritchie. Another fun thing to mention is the fact that the opening credits highly resemble the opening credits of Baccano! That is because for that part, the director of Baccano! used Snatch as inspiration (Oh come on you haters, it’s clearly visible).

The reception for Snatch was actually pretty good. It got a 73% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Roger Ebert gave it a 2/4 stars, here is a quote from him:

“What am I to say of ‘Snatch’, Ritchie’s new film, which follows the ‘Lock, Stock’ formula so slavishly it could be like a new arrangement of the same song?”

It got an 8,4/10 on imdb and ranks #91 on their Top 250 list.

Based on the young but enthusiastic reviewers opinions on “Snatch” via story, characters, music, other opinions and acting (which I never mention, but what the hell?), Snatch gets a 9,23/10. This movie is well deserved a watch by any movie lover or for anyone who at least like Guy Ritchie movies/crazy capers.

I reviewed Snatch, I’m done here now.

See you, friends.

P.S. If you have a movie I should watch/review, feel free to suggest it to me. I like suggestions.


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