Another problem I have with Guy Ritchie is that heís a much more talented director than he is a writer. He can direct the shit out of a movie, but I donít want him writing anymore. There are plenty of screenwriters out there that can, or already have, written something he can direct. Iíd like for him to pick out one of those screenplays and give it a shot. I still like Guy Ritchie and I think heís a great director. He just needs some material that can highlight his qualities. So címon Guy Ritchie, find a good script and break away from the crime genre!
C'mon Hollywood #184
... Guy Ritchie needs new material!
Over the past 20 years or so, there have been a handful of talented and visionary directors that have burst onto the scene with a couple of new and original films that have impacted the entire industry. I put guys like Tarrantino, Fincher, Shyamalan and others into that category and now that all of them have churned out a few movies, we can all form our own opinions on how well theyíve done since their first couple of films. One director I would have put into that category five or six years ago was Guy Ritchie. But times have not been kind to Mr. Ritchie and heís seen one misstep after another and as much as we all want to, we canít blame it all on Madonna. I still think he's a talented director, he just needs some good material and something completely different.
Iíve always had a thing for independent British cinema. I donít know why, itís just my thing. So I was happy to see Guy Ritchieís LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS find critical acclaim and some commercial success in the States. Itís still a great movie, and when you compare it to other films that came out around the same time, it was a refreshing take on an otherwise basic story. SNATCH was a worthy follow-up and thenÖwellÖI guess thatís the problem.
Good movie, but was it more because of Pitt than Ritchie?
Iíll go ahead and ignore SWEPT AWAY. Weíve all done stupid shit to please our women, so Iíll pass that off as his attempt to please his wife. I promised I wouldnít take any cheap shots at Madonna. It was unfortunate, but itís not completely fair to use that as a sign heís lost his touch. No, we have REVOLVER and ROCK ĎN ROLLA to do that. Now, neither film was actually bad, they were just average on every level. If I had seen those films and I didnít know who directed it, I would have said ďthey were directed by someone trying to be a young Guy RitchieĒ. While watching them, I felt like I was watching someone trying to mimic Ritchieís style, but without his talent or ability.
Not bad, but he can do better.
So what happened to him? Personally, I think heís too comfortable with the underground British crime genre and thereís only so much you can do with that. I donít want to offend anyone involved with the British crime scene, but British crime just isnít that interesting. We get it; thereís rain, some betrayals and suitcases of money. He needs to move on from this genre and try his hand with something else. Sherlock Holmes? Iím not so sure. Every time I read about it, I picture a retelling of LOCK, STOCK/SNATCH/REVOLVER/ROCK ĎN ROLLA but with RDJ in a funny hat. I have faith in RDJ, but not so much anymore in Guy Ritchie.
Iím hoping for the best, but ready for the worst.