Saturday, August 30, 2008
Guy Ritchie: RocknRolla is a triumph
Saw Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla the other day. A great return to form. Actually it's his best movie to date, better even than Lock, Stock - swaggeringly stylish, cynical, sharp, subversive in subtle ways. Even movie sex gets sent-up in one short comic sequence. Gangland again, the gorillas, the Russians, London; but queers, too - Madonna's brother Christopher Ciccone says Ritchie is homophobic, but not on the strength of this film: I was taken by the macho camp of the straight thugs - everyone's girls - and the relaxed knowingness towards the one gay gorilla, the so-what? of the criminal mercenaries. I'm seeing Ritchie on Monday so I'll tell you about his aura.