Well, it’s another movie review today, and this time, like last time, it’s a slightly older one with the 2005 Revolver by Guy Ritchie. I like reviewing older things, as it would be so easy for me to just review the newest stuff that’s hit the cinema or the DVD stand, but sometimes I like to inform people of some of those older gems out there that they otherwise would never have heard of let alone watch.
I first watched this film a week and a half ago, but have chosen to review it now as my flat mate watched it last night and I caught a few parts of it again. The first time I saw it I saw it alone and had no one to talk about it with afterwards, and this film is very much one of those films that you need to talk to someone about after viewing. Now that I’ve had that chance to talk to my flat mate about it, the film has started to make sense to me…well, a bit more sense.
This is the film Ritchie made after the horrible Swept Away, which starred his then wife Madonna, who is also rather horrible if I might add. Now, knowing how badly that film was received, and the fact a lot of people said his career was now down the drain, I can see why he made a film like Revolver, and why it was mostly ignored.
It’s packaged all nicely like one of his other gangster films, such as Snatch or Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, but that’s about where the similarities end, as it’s unlike any gangster film I’ve ever seen before. In fact, I would go as far as saying it’s the first ever art house gangster film, as he used so many artistic filmmaking techniques to tell the story and not to mention it got heavily cerebral in the last 30 minutes.
Though I did find the film very confusing by the end, but on reflection, and after having talked about it with my flat mate, it makes more sense now while at the same time still not being overly easy to interpret. Which in my book is a good thing, because if a film can really make you think afterwards, and keep you thinking for days afterwards, then it must be doing something right, as many films these days escape your mind the minute the credits start to roll?
So what do I think overall? Well, it’s his weakest of his gangster films, but that isn’t to say it isn’t a great movie in its own right. It’s just not a film for everyone, but it sure is a film that’s right up my alley.
7.5 out of 10 from me!!!