PUBLISHED: 15:19 03 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:21 24 August 2010
RocknRolla (15) wwws.warnerbros.co.uk/rocknrolla by Rory Gilder After two major flops I m glad to say Guy Ritchie s latest offering is great. People fearing that his unique style of story telling and film making would harbour mo
by Rory Gilder
After two major flops I'm glad to say Guy Ritchie's latest offering is great.
People fearing that his unique style of story telling and film making would harbour more cockney geezers than you can shake a Pearly King at need not worry.
Yes there is plenty of rhyming slang and saarf and east London heavies, but this time it is not so grating and actually works.
RocknRolla works like Ritchie's first two films, Lock Stock and Snatch, except there's no Jason Statham this time round.
That task is in the capable hands of Gerard Butler (of 300 fame) as One Two, a man who gets into debt with crime-lord Lenny (Tom Wilkinson) after borrowing money to buy some property to develop.
Council red tape and a few backhanders put a block on that courtesy of dodgy councillor (Jimmy Mistry).
Unbeknown to One Two, the councillor is in the back pocket of Lenny who has designs upon the property himself and puts the kybosh on the plans.
As the deal falls through, One Two and his partner Mumbles (Idris Elba) suddenly owe plenty of cash.
A Russian oligarch then arrives on the scene wanting to extend his portfolio and calls in his accountant Stella (Thandie Newton).
A few calls later from the number cruncher to One Two and a scam is on.
So double cross after double cross, a few beatings and tortures and the body count stats to pile up high
Throw in a rare painting belonging to the Russians which lent to Lenny but then stolen from him, and his wayward drugged out of his head rockstar son (Toby Kebbell), and you have a rollercoaster or is that a RocknRolla ride.
As with all of Ritchie's films the soundtrack is uber cool and one song that pops up through the movie, Daddy Was a Bank Robber, was playing in my head for a week.
There are some great chase scenes, comic moments, and visual camerawork.
Guy has served up a nice treat here, let's hope he doesn't make another film with Madonna unless it is called Divorce and Separation.