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Face-Off: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels vs. Snatch

08.10.2015by: Brian Bitner
Guy Ritchie didn't exactly become the holy shit superstar his first two films led us to expect, with SWEPT AWAY, REVOLVER, and ROCKNROLLA receiving only moderate attention and mixed to negative reviews. Stepping slightly away from his usual fare, the auteur regained momentum with two well-received SHERLOCK HOLMES films and returns this weekend with THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. There's nothing like your first time, though (or your second time if Brad Pitt's involved), so this week it's the question you debated with your friends in college: LOCK, STOCK, & TWO SMOKING BARRELS or SNATCH?
CAST
PLOT
When a high stakes game of three card brag goes awry, Eddy, Tom, Soap and Bacon find themselves seriously indebted to Hatchet Harry, a dangerous porn king. Overhearing a heist being planned next door, the lads plan a counter-heist on their neighbors. Meanwhile, every other small time criminal in town ends up on the wrong side of one scheme or another. Eventually, everyone runs afoul of everyone else, and various bloodbaths ensue.

This one definitely gets points for ambition, but the overlapping plot points can be a bit overwhelming.
When a caravan purchase goes awry, Turkish and Tommy find themselves seriously indebted to Brick Top, a dangerous underground fighting kingpin. Seeing the potential of Mickey, one of the caravan-slinging pikeys, the lads plan to replace their prize fighter. Meanwhile, every other small time criminal in town (along with some international ones) ends up on the wrong side of a diamond heist. Eventually, everyone runs afoul of everyone else, and various bloodbaths ensue.

In contrast, the plot here isn't as audacious, but the result is a story that's more well-paced and easy to swallow (see what I did there?).
QUOTES
"Armed with what?"
"Err, bad breath, colorful language, feather duster... what do you think they're gonna be armed with? Guns, you tit!"

"You asked for a cocktail."
"No. I asked you to give me a refreshing drink. I wasn't expecting a f*cking rainforest! You could fall in love with an orangutan in that!"

"Charles, get the rifle out. We're being f*cked."

"There's no money, there's no weed. It's all been replaced by a pile of corpses."

"I don't know. What I do know is there's no more Harry. Which means there's no more debt. And if there's no more debt, there's no more problem. And there's no problem with the neighbors... because they're all dead. And I think, if I get this right, we haven't done anything wrong... we're in the clear."

"It's been emotional."
"You can call me Susan if it makes you happy."

"Proper f*cked?"

"Protection from what? Ze Germans?"

"Avi, pull your socks up!"

"Tyrone, you silly fat bastard."

"What do you mean 'look in the dog?'"

"For every action, there is a reaction. And a pikey reaction... is quite a f*cking thing."

"Have you ever crossed the road, and looked the wrong way? A car's nearly on you? So what do you do? Something very silly. You freeze. Your life doesn't flash before you, 'cause you're too f*ckin' scared to think - you just freeze and pull a stupid face. But the pikey didn't. Why? Because he had plans of running the car over."
FINALE
A shootout between Dog's crew and Rory Breaker's crew leaves almost everyone dead. Big Chris recovers the guns and money and delivers them to Hatchet Harry. Gary and Dean burst clumsily into Harry's office, getting themselves, Harry, and Barry the Baptist killed in the process. Tom, Soap, Bacon, and Eddy realize they no longer owe anyone anything. Finally, Chris tips them off to the value of their guns, which are on their way to the bottom of the Thames.
A shootout between Cousin Avi, Boris the Blade, Bullet-Tooth Tony, Sol, Vinny, and Tyrone results in a dead Boris, a dead Tony, an arrested Sol, Vinny, and Tyrone, an escaped dog with a diamond in his stomach, and Avi on the first plane back to America. Turkish and Tommy escape Brick Top by the skin of their teeth when Mickey and the pikeys execute a merciless revenge. Turkish and Tommy recover the dog and the diamond as Avi flies back to London for a brand new cluster f*ck.
BOX OFFICE & ACCOLADES
Domestic Gross: $3,753,929 ($23,316 per theater)
IMDB: 8.2
Metacritic: 66 (user score: 8.5)
Rotten Tomatoes: 76%
Domestic Gross: $30,328,156 ($21,002 per theater)
IMDB: 8.3
Metacritic: 55 (user score: 8.8)
Rotten Tomatoes: 73%
SNATCH
I love both these movies, and I won't even say I prefer one to the other, but when you pick them apart piece by piece, SNATCH is more technically adept and a bit more fun. Some would argue that bringing Hollywood stars and a bigger budget into the mix just makes SNATCH the mainstream version of LOCK, STOCK, & TWO SMOKING BARRELS, but I'd argue that we'd have a lot more Benicio and an intelligible Pitt if that were the intention. Out of interest, which is your favorite AND which one did you see first? I'm curious how often the answer to those two questions is the same.

No matter what, I'm definitely happy Guy Ritchie is still in the game. THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. hits theaters this weekend, and KNIGHTS OF THE ROUNDTABLE: KING ARTHUR is currently slated for July 22, 2016.

Agree? Disagree? Which do you prefer?
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If you have a suggestion for a future Face-Off, let us know below or send me an email at brianbitner@joblo.com.

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5:38PM on 08/11/2015
2 Minutes Turkish.....2 Minutes
2 Minutes Turkish.....2 Minutes
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11:24AM on 08/11/2015
For me it's a series - a two movie bender. You need to watch both to fully appreciate each film individually. I always start off with Lock Stock - it came first, and it is much more amateur in style than Snatch.

Fun factoid: Statham was paid 5,000 British pounds for Lock Stock and 15,000 British pounds for Snatch.
For me it's a series - a two movie bender. You need to watch both to fully appreciate each film individually. I always start off with Lock Stock - it came first, and it is much more amateur in style than Snatch.

Fun factoid: Statham was paid 5,000 British pounds for Lock Stock and 15,000 British pounds for Snatch.
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6:41AM on 08/11/2015
For me it's a toss-up, I know the majority prefers Snatch and I get why, but I recently rewatched Lock Stock and damn if that film isn't every bit as clever, funny and entertaining.
For me it's a toss-up, I know the majority prefers Snatch and I get why, but I recently rewatched Lock Stock and damn if that film isn't every bit as clever, funny and entertaining.
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3:28AM on 08/11/2015

Whooooaaa Kenny!

'F*cking Northern Monkeys'
Lock Stock for me.
'F*cking Northern Monkeys'
Lock Stock for me.
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1:58AM on 08/11/2015
I love both. This is a bit like comparing Reservoir Dogs vs. Pulp Fiction. The film that came first made a name for the directors because the films felt original, fresh. funny, with cool ass characters saying awesome lines and a sweet shoot-em-up ending that leaves you saying holy shit! Then the second films got bigger stars, a bigger budget, and more recognition, thus building on the directors brand of cinema. So for me you have to appreciate what came before because without them you would not
I love both. This is a bit like comparing Reservoir Dogs vs. Pulp Fiction. The film that came first made a name for the directors because the films felt original, fresh. funny, with cool ass characters saying awesome lines and a sweet shoot-em-up ending that leaves you saying holy shit! Then the second films got bigger stars, a bigger budget, and more recognition, thus building on the directors brand of cinema. So for me you have to appreciate what came before because without them you would not have such awesome second acts like Snatch or Pulp Fiction. That being said, I would pick Snatch as well.
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1:04AM on 08/11/2015

Prefer Snatch.

Both movies are brilliant from beginning to end. But Snatch is the better film. Lock Stock is more of a cult film, it has more of that weirdness, that quirkiness, than Snatch does. Snatch features my third favorite Pitt performance, one of the most badass monologues ever put on film (disapointed not to see it up thier in the quotes, though I get it was probably too long), and one of the most gratifying endings ever (the one area I would disagree with the above catagorees).

On a side note:
Both movies are brilliant from beginning to end. But Snatch is the better film. Lock Stock is more of a cult film, it has more of that weirdness, that quirkiness, than Snatch does. Snatch features my third favorite Pitt performance, one of the most badass monologues ever put on film (disapointed not to see it up thier in the quotes, though I get it was probably too long), and one of the most gratifying endings ever (the one area I would disagree with the above catagorees).

On a side note: Revolver went from being one of the worst movies I'd ever seen, to one I have a strange respect for (though It's still a bad film over all). It's like Enemy, or Only God Forgives, you pretty much need an interpriter for the symbolism and metephors but once you have that you appreciate it much more.
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1:06AM on 08/11/2015
Also saw Lock Stock first. Watched it on a whim one night. One of the best semi-random watches ever.
Also saw Lock Stock first. Watched it on a whim one night. One of the best semi-random watches ever.
12:30AM on 08/11/2015

You got me

I saw Snatch first, and I like Snatch more. Lock,Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels is great, especially with real-life hard man Lenny McLean as Barry the Baptist. And the character of Big Chris was a surprisingly gentle enforcer (by Ritchie standards). But Snatch has a better rhythm to it. Plus Alan Ford in thick-rimmed glasses is just terrifying. I still find it so amusing that was the first thing I saw Jason Statham in. I could see Bacon turn into the Transporter, but mild-mannered Turkish?
I saw Snatch first, and I like Snatch more. Lock,Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels is great, especially with real-life hard man Lenny McLean as Barry the Baptist. And the character of Big Chris was a surprisingly gentle enforcer (by Ritchie standards). But Snatch has a better rhythm to it. Plus Alan Ford in thick-rimmed glasses is just terrifying. I still find it so amusing that was the first thing I saw Jason Statham in. I could see Bacon turn into the Transporter, but mild-mannered Turkish? Didn't see that one coming at all.
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12:12AM on 08/11/2015
Snatch for me all the way. Brad Pitt and Alan ford were great in it!
Snatch for me all the way. Brad Pitt and Alan ford were great in it!
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11:42PM on 08/10/2015

Snatch

Brad Pitt's performance alone makes me prefer Snatch over Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.
Brad Pitt's performance alone makes me prefer Snatch over Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.
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