Movie Review: RocknRolla

Movie Review: RocknRolla

Normally, I write a summary for reviews but in the case of “RocknRolla,” I have no idea what the film is about.

Published October 8, 2008

rocknrolla Normally, I write a summary for reviews but in the case of “RocknRolla,” I have no idea what the film is about. In an attempt to make an educated guess I will say, criminals who are caught up in a con scheme that involved a rock star. “RocknRolla” takes more left turns than imaginable. It might have made sense in the mind of director, Guy Ritchie , but to the rest of the universe, I can not imagine the film will translate.

The good, “RocknRolla” has a great cast that includes Idris Elba and Thandie Newton —our favorite British actors. Thandie is a sleek, sharply dressed, high-powered diva. She plays each line with a style that recalls old Hollywood glamour.

Idris is delightful as a street wise dude, who is on a rampage of chaos with his cohorts. Elba always works hard on screen, whether he is in a pop film or a high-budget arts film like "RocknRolla."

The movie also includes Ludacris who thankfully did not try to fake a British accent. Luda managed to hold his own with the hardcore actors. I wondered if he knew what was going on as he was making the film!

“RocknRolla” is full of style—well, if you consider constant cussing, cigarettes and gangsters stylish then—this is it. Nonetheless, you cannot deny the sharp visuals of this film. Ritchie knows how to edit a movie like a fashion show; unfortunately, models and clothes do not talk.

There is a lot of “humor” and maybe it is regional humor from Britain that I just do not get. Or, I could have been so confused by the decadent plot that I could not follow punch lines.

By the end, Ritchie managed to redeem himself with an excellent shot out scene and some resolutions to tighten the plot. Nonetheless, I could never imagine sitting through this movie again.

“RocknRolla” opens in select cities today.

Written by Clay Cane


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