Monday, 1 August 2011

Revolver - REVIEW

Film of the Day #159/ 300

Guy Ritchie's macho-centric artiness is not the complete disaster described in the British press. Revolver may be a confusing and somewhat, frustrating attempt to intellectualise the Lock, Stock formula, but simply because this movie is packed with so much substance. Nonetheless, Ritchie knows how to express substance through style and although the movie inevitably and completely overwhelms, Revolver does it in somewhat charming style. If this movie had been directed by Quentin Tarantino or Robert Rodriguez, Revolver would by now already have a cult following. And it is here that I feel the British press missed the point of the movie; Revolver was not trying to be one of the greatest gangster movies of all time, it was in fact a contemporary and experimental homage and Revolver is in fact good grindhouse fun. The real problem with Revolver was that it was easy and accepted for critics and fans-alike to shout that this handgun was firing blanks before the Revolver had even been loaded. This is a neon marvel of a movie that should not be taken too seriously. And anyway who says everything has to make sense when you're just trying to blow a few brains out?