dvd reviews

By Jared Curtis


Sherlock Holmes’
Directed by Guy Ritchie
Rated PG-13, 128 minutes

Director Guy Ritchie turns the stuffy and insightful world of Sherlock Holmes on its head in his fun-filled adaptation of the famed detective. The film is filled with Ritchie’s signature slow-mo fight scenes (there is not another director with skills to create such a stylized fight scene like Ritchie), plenty of clues and questions and some of the best banter between the two leads since buddy cop movies started appearing in the ’80s. Sherlock Homes (Robert Downey Jr.) and his partner Dr. John Watson (Jude Law) set out to stop Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong) before he destroys London. The film worked well, even though the love interest (Rachel McAdams) for Holmes was weak and unnecessary. “Sherlock Holmes” is a fun and action-packed film that has me looking forward to the sequel. CV


Directed by Guy Ritchie
2000, Rated R,

Although director Guy Ritchie’s 1999 film “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” was his best, people really started paying attention to his follow-up, “Snatch.” Both films focus on the seedy, criminal underworld of London, but “Snatch” received more praise due to its lead actors (Brad Pitt, Jason Statham and Benicio Del Toro). The story follows Turkish (Statham) and Tommy (Stephen Graham) as they try to escape the clutches of the head gangster Brick Top (Alan Ford). While searching for a missing diamond, they cross paths with a band of gypsies led by Mickey (Pitt), a four-fingered gambler (Del Toro), a hit man named Bullet Tooth Tony (Vinnie Jones) and a gang of small-time thugs (Lennie James, Ade). “Snatch” is a wild ride full of twists and turns and brings the story full circle, a rarity in films today. CV

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