Snatch, directed by the great and powerful Guy Ritchie, was a British gangster film released over 20 years ago (can you believe its been that long?!). The movie features a star studded cast with the lights of Brad Pitt, Jason Statham, Benicio Del Toro, and Dennis Farina, among many other recognizable actors. The story is about unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookies, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers fighting for possession over a priceless 84 carat diamond.
This is certainly a character-driven film. Every character had a unique look, accent, and a quirk that made him memorable. From Mickey O’Niells’ (Brad Pitt) tattoo covered body, to Tonys’ (Vinnie Jones) bullet filled teeth, to Brick Tops’ (Alan Ford) ruthless and gritty monologues, every character felt like a living and breathing caricature. My favorite character was, without a doubt, Brick Top. The scene where he rambles on and on about the origin of the saying “as greedy as a pig” shook me to my core.
Character Cards of Snatch
Even though this movie fits into the “gangster” genre, it was surprisingly comedic. The humor was provided by the characters, any of whom deserve a spin-off movie. The editing and camerawork of this film is also something to admire. Two particular highlights include the “CCTV montage” at the very beginning of the film and the boxing match sequence near the end of the film featuring Brad Pitts’ character. I also admired how Guy Richie uses the basic premise of his movie i.e. a group of people after a diamond, to create suspense. I was constantly hypothesizing who would end up with the diamond by the end of the film. Oh, I forgot to mention this about Snatch: one of the best uses of a dog in a movie .
On the flip side, there was only one thing about this film that I didn’t enjoy. Though the plot is about these characters fighting and outsmarting each other to gain possession of a diamond, there is a minor story thread involving a boxing match. This didn’t captivate me as much as the main storyline.
Regardless, Snatch was an unexpectedly awesome watch! It had some really iconic characters, a simple-to-follow story, and great bits of dialogue. I don’t really know what Guy Richie is up to these days, but I seriously think he should consider making a spin-off film out of some of the characters I’ve mentioned above.