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RocknRolla (2008) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
At the point RocknRolla was released it’s fair to say that Guy Richie was very much considered to be ‘done’ in movies.  Swept Away and Revolver were both critical (and commercial) flops and Hollywood was about to walk away on what was, at least once, a promising career.  But then RocknRolla came along returning the director back to his Lock Stock and Snatch gangster routes and all was forgiven (well at least until King Arthur but that’s a different story).  It’s a fun film – with a great cast including a young Tom Hardy and a game Gerard Butler, that takes Richie’s usual twisting narrative & smart dialogue and sensibly matures it for a new audience.  13 years on it holds up really well (maybe except to the whole gay Bob stuff) and once again delivers a great soundtrack. Richie is always at his best when he plays in this world and as a fan I’m all for that.  Now will we EVER get the The Real RocknRolla?

Best Bit: The soundtrack

Worth A Rewatch: Yes.  It holds up well

If You Liked this Try: Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, The Gentlemen 

8 out of 10 stars


Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the award nominated Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years, currently co-hosts Ross And Phil Talk Movies and is a writer/editor for his own blog Phil's Quick Capsule Review...

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