Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

January 28, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Chad Estrella

Plot: What’s it about?

It takes a hop across the “pond” (Atlantic) to find a refreshing change from American productions. Don’t get me wrong, I love American movies but it’s easy to forget that we’re not the only ones making movies. Losing big in a crooked card game, Eddy (Nick Moran) and his friends who helped stake him have only a week to repay 500,000 “quid” (British Pounds I think) or suffer the usual consequences of dealing with the underworld, mainly by a man named Hatchet Harry…I think you get the picture. Eddy goes to his dad J.D. (Sting…the only actor in this movie I’ve heard of) who could settle the debt by signing over his business to Harry but J.D. says, “it’s your problem you fix it”. With time running out Eddy and his friends hatch a plan to rip off drugs and money from crooks to pay crooks but reversal of fortune is an understatement as the comedy is just beginning. Pay close attention and follow the crooks (Eddie and buds) and the other crooks (everyone else) in an unbelievable amount of ironic twists.

The hardest part to follow in this movie is the language. Heavy English accents are bad enough but the patented “Cockney Rhyming Slang” makes it doubly hard. Don’t worry; you can still understand most of the language. By the end of the movie I was rubbing me ‘ands over my Chevy Chase and scratching my loaf a bit so I took another butcher’s hook to understand Doris Day’s sweater…or something like that. Check out the translating dictionary in the special features to help you understand the “lingo”. This is writer/director Guy Ritchie’s first feature film and he scores big…I’m a little jealous, must be that sour grapes thing. The colorful cast of characters contains many real life “East End” underworld types authenticating the “feel” of the script. I need to break out of my rut sometimes and be more adventurous so I don’t miss movies like this one.

Video: How does it look?

Offered in Widescreen 16:9 and full screen versions, the movie has some different looks to it. Sometimes the screen is bland like there is a filter on the lens and sometimes it’s color rich. Maybe different film stocks are being used but I didn’t pay as much attention to it when I got into the movie.

Audio: How does it sound?

Mostly dialogue with a bit of gunplay the 5.1 is at its best during the musical score. The British sound is marvelous and a nice change of pace.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This area is a must since it contains a section on the Cockney Rhyming Slang. Interesting history about the language but it takes more than a little practice to understand. Even if you study it before the movie you’ll still be at a loss trying to follow it as they speak…I was. Cast/Crew biographies and a featurette round out the extras quite nicely.

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