Ritchie and Statham: A Hilarious and Perfect 25-Year Partnership
Famous British director Guy Ritchie recently reunited with famous action star Jason Statham for the thrilling ‘Wrath of Man’, marking the third collaboration between the two British compatriots, and a very successful one at that. So what has the beautiful and successful Ritchie-Statham (or Statham-Ritchie) partnership brought us over the years? Let’s take a look at their two most famous and popular, and arguably the biggest, movies together.
Thieves, drugs and gangs with two antique shotguns
It’s hard to believe that 23 years have passed since the release of “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” in 1998, Ritchie’s directorial debut. Even then, we could see his sharp and unique style even though it wasn’t quite where it should be yet. It was also the start of his working relationship with Statham and many others he would work with on multiple occasions.
A beautiful series of intricate and tangled intrigue, Ritchie’s trademark, sees a group of close friends of Eddie, Tom, Soap and Bacon have the brilliant idea of raising $ 100,000 to put Eddie, a card player of genius, in a high stakes game where he can win many times their money. Everything is bad, however, as the game is rigged, and the group find themselves in massive debt to Harry, the organizer of the games, for a sum of $ 500,000.
Meanwhile, Harry plans to get his hands on two antique shotguns that will auction off for around half a million, and they’re also what gives the film much of its title. So Harry sends his executor to hire two morons to steal the shotguns before they are sold.
Quentin Tarantino’s early works, “Reservoir Dogs” and “Pulp Fiction”, immediately spring to mind. The two idiosyncratic directors made a name for themselves with their sharp, witty dialogue and spiraling plots, and both provide quite a bit of laughs, though Ritchie leans more heavily on the side of comedy and Tarantino more of the drama. What is also evident from the start is that the two talented men had distinct styles even in their early films.
Ritchie sneaks in on the group of friends, which includes the characters Bacon from Statham, and the hilarious morons on their adventure to steal the shotguns. For good measure, he throws himself into Harry Big Chris’ debt collector, ingeniously played by former footballer Vinnie Jones who was making his film debut.
Our group, which in itself is a group of poor decision-makers, has the brilliant idea of stealing the money and drugs from a local cannabis grower and his group of hysterically distant and half-witted friends, after hearing from their neighbor. , who is a brutal gang, prepares for a heist through the still thin walls that separate the two houses.
So the gears start to turn as everything is set on a collision course. The group of friends, the morons, Harry, the cannabis growers, Big Chris and his son who never leave her sight, and the gang, all meet at one point in the film in a beautiful collage of crime and crime. stupidity dotted with luck. and hilarity.
The plots and dialogue are so unique and at times so bizarre that one would be right to wonder how Ritchie invented this stuff in the world. As he explains himself in interviews, the stories are mostly based on Ritchie’s own catalog of pub legends.
As Ritchie says, over the years he has listened to and put together various bizarre, hilarious and downright incredible stories told in pubs across the UK, most of which are legends of the local town, and he worked on it for years to achieve a startling result. unique script among them.
There were so many of these stories that there were plenty left over, and that’s how we got Ritchie’s next movie “Snatch,” a collection of the remaining pub legends.
Ritchie connects the plots beautifully and sometimes violently. Meanwhile, Statham, although this time around isn’t at the forefront or stands out as much as some of the others, delivers the dry British humor perfectly and his mostly secular questioning way gives the impression that “Yeah, that’s what I would say and ask in this situation,” although most of us probably can’t imagine the vocabulary so perfectly out of place.
More sets and a treasure trove of accents
Only two years after his first film, Ritchie had managed to pull all of those remaining pub legends together into a beautiful overall mosaic in the form of ‘Snatch’ in 2000. “By the time ‘Snatch’ came along, I hadn’t had it. no worries about making a film, ”says the director himself, and it really shows. All the stylistic decisions of his previous work ripen and shine brightly in “Snatch”. His dialogue is sharper, his writing is more impactful, his staging and editing from another world.
Another quintessentially British story, this time around the criminal world of London with two main storylines intertwined. Statham is more prominent among the entire cast as his character, a small boxing promoter named simply the “Turk,” leads one of the main storylines, while the other part of the film deals with the search for a stolen diamond.
The Turk finds himself in the grip of a ruthless gangster ready and willing for his subordinates to engage in serious and sadistic acts of violence. How does he end up in this situation? In the handsome style of Guy Ritchie, as he sends his partner Tommy and his boxer Gorgeous George to buy a trailer for a group of Irish travelers.
One thing leads to another and George finds himself fighting Mickey O’Neil, a bare-handed boxing champion who seriously injures George.
Left without a boxer but having promised a fight to the gangster, Turkish ends up persuading him to put Mickey in the fight instead, while making him agree to buy a new trailer for his mother, leaving all the exchange by borrowing a trailer. while he was trying to buy one.
The Turkish man’s life goes down the toilet after that as the gangster, named “Brick Top”, tells him that the game is rigged and his fighter must come down in the fourth round. However, Mickey has other ideas and instead of going down, he knocks out his opponent in the fourth round.
Statham’s shocked faces, dry humor, and the most incredulous lines of questioning and dialogue are a joy to watch, but it would be criminal not to give the lion’s share to Brad Pitt who plays Mickey wonderfully.
I mean, that accent is so hilariously unintelligible. If nothing else, his accent alone makes the film a comedy of its own. And add to that the incredible, literally unbelievable situations that the characters end up with, you find a movie that’s more laughable, in a good way, than most comedy-only movies.
Ritchie perfects his vision and delivers a timeless film that has aged like fine wine, and Statham, along with many other big-name actors including Pitt and Jones, put on some truly memorable performances that are not to be forgotten during their long career.
He’s one of the best actors you can see in most of the careers of these actors, including Statham and Pitt, but the comedic gets overlooked, underrated, and underrated at times.
In an age of humorless comedy, these two films are must-haves, especially if you like dry British humor and can enjoy Ritchie’s unique directorial work. Two phenomenal artists, Ritchie and Statham, were going to work together again in “Revolver” in 2005, and it took them over 15 years to get together on a project with the release of “Wrath of Man”. For my part, from the bottom of my heart, I say: “Welcome back my friends!”