What happens when you get multiple criminals going after the same diamond? You get one of many British gangster flicks, but because it’s an 86-carat diamond, a bit of Hollywood glamour is thrown in there in the form of Brad Pitt.
Snatch starts off in the present day with Turkish (Jason Statham) trying to sell the diamond that has somehow ended up in his possession. The rest of the film then follows the story of how the diamond found its way to Turkish and friends, and looks at the sorts of characters involved in the shady backstreets of London – and also the ridiculous nicknames given to them.
I’ll start off with the performances. I believe I am backed by many when I say that nobody involved would’ve received any Best Actor Oscar nods. There are definitely a number of roles where the acting leaves a fair amount to be desired – these are shared mainly between Jason Statham and Vinnie Jones as Bullet-Tooth Tony. The pair take on the ”ard-man’ role we’ve grown accustomed to them playing over the years and ultimately put on shows as the stereotypical British gangster which, all credit due, they both actually play reasonably well, but as I’ve said before, they certainly won’t be winning any awards any time soon.
Then there is Brad Pitt’s part of a gypsy (bless the man’s soul). Can I just say that I am a person of very strong Irish descent and I found his accent very comical – may I also add, just for anyone who might be in any doubt, NOBODY IN IRELAND TALKS LIKE THAT. I found it highly amusing as well when reading up on Snatch that Pitt was given the part of Mickey O’Neill because he couldn’t pull off an authentic Cockney accent (laughs ironically). But his part isn’t all bad – he did portray the idea that the Irish like a drink or two very well, and also portrayed the consequences of our fondness of a drink or two very well too.
Say what you like about the quality of some of the performances, but you cannot deny they made for some extremely entertaining characters which made the caper very enjoyable and often hilarious to watch.
As for the directing, Snatch is a classic example of Guy Ritchie’s work. It is a story of the criminal networks in the British underworld, which is what Ritchie does best. He tells a gritty tale, but from an angle where you can sit back an enjoy, rather than be shocked or disgusted by it.
One thing I would have liked to have seen was Benecio Del Toro having a bit more screen-time as Frankie Four Fingers. At this moment, Snatch is the only film I have had the pleasure of seeing him in, but I found his presence captivating, much in the same way as that of Javier Bardem in No Country For Old Men and Skyfall. He certainly had an unnerving feel about him, and it is something I would have liked to have featured more.
All in all, Snatch is what it is – an old style gangster flick with the good old trusty story of a diamond about 10 different people want – all overseen by a mad Russian. At times, it is predictable and possibly a bit silly, but it is a good bit of fun that certainly doesn’t require too much thinking. Sit back, relax, and watch the chaos unfold, I say.