What’s a RocknRolla? A guy who is in it for the drugs, the money, the sex game, the glamour, or the fame: in other words, the whole f$%#ing lot. Rocknrolla is also the latest Guy Ritchie film available on Blu-ray. It’s nice to see Ritchie going back to what he does best: darkly comic British gangster movies.
RocknRolla has a complex story but it is brilliantly and clearly presented early on so you know who’s who and what’s what. Basically, the biggest British mob boss (Tom Wilkinson) asks Russian mobster Uri 7 million Euros to grease the wheels for a construction project. Uri’s accountant (Thandie Newton) arranges for two Wild Boys (Gerard Butler and Idris Elba) to intercept the 7 million Euros. There also the problem Uri lent Lenny his “lucky painting” and it’s been lifted. There’s also something about a missing and presumed dead rock star.
The humor here is on the subtle side but definitely darkly comic. A favorite is what happens when the Russian muscle show off their scars. There is also one hell of a good chase scene in this Guy Ritchie movie. Original chase scenes are harder and harder to come by so this one is particularly enjoyable.
RocknRolla is a bit on the long side at 114 minutes but the pieces of this British Gangster movie do come together very nicely in the end. There’s even a set up for a sequel.
Special features on RocknRolla Blu-ray include a digital copy disc, a commentary track by Guy Ritchie and Mark Strong, additional scenes, a feature on Ritchie’s fascination with London, and an Inside RocknRolla featurette.