Emily Blake of Bamboo Killers fame is always going on about the scripts she’s reading. It makes me jealous, because here she is, talking about these famous Blacklist scripts that she’s reading, which I have no idea how she got ahold of.
I have read plenty of scripts in my day, but very few of notoriety. As a reader for the Austin Film Festival for the past two years running, I’ve read lots of crap, some good scripts, and a few outstanding ones, but I decided it was time to go for the big guns.
Thanks to Simply Scripts, I downloaded the shooting script of RocknRolla, which is Guy Ritchie’s new movie. And my thoughts are … it’s a Guy Ritchie movie.
Although Snatch was great, I did hear some criticism from theatrically-minded friends of mine that Ritchie took the formula he got from Lock Stock and re-applied it, basically releasing the same movie. It’s a little bit true. Now, I haven’t seen any of the movies he’s made since then, but let’s take a look at the loglines from these three movies :
Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels: Four London working class stiffs pool their money to put one in a high stakes card game, but things go wrong and they end up owing half a million pounds and having one week to come up with the cash.
Snatch: Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond.
RocknRolla: In London, a real-estate scam puts millions of pounds up for grabs, attracting some of the city’s scrappiest tough guys and its more established underworld types, all of whom are looking to get rich quick. While the city’s seasoned criminals vie for the cash, an unexpected player — a drugged out rock ‘n’ roller presumed to be dead but very much alive — has a multi-million dollar prize fall into his hands.
It’s like he took the plots from two movies that were very similar to begin with, and then combined them. And not only is the plot the same, but the style is the same, too – fast cutting action at the beginning, witty dialogue repeated for dramatic effect, blah blah blah. Even though it’s cool, has great moments of tension, cool characters, etc., I feel like it’s time to do something different, Guy. Wasn’t twice enough for you?
At least Jason Statham isn’t in this one.