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DVD Review - Revolver

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Like Mike

Well its going to be another DVD review this time and again its a slightly older one with the 2005 ‘Revolver’ by Guy Ritchie.

I like reviewing older things as it would be so easy for me to just review the newest stuff thats hit the cinema or the DVD stand but sometimes I like to inform people of some of those older gems out there that they other wise would never have heard of let alone watch.

I first watched this film a week and a half ago but have chosen to review it now as my flat mate watched it last night and I caught a few parts of it again. The first time I saw it I saw it along and had no one to talk about it with afterwards and this film is very much one of those films tat you need to talk to someone about after viewing and it wasn’t till I had the chance to talk to my flat mate about it that the film started to make sense to me...well a bit more sense.

This is the film he made after the horrible ‘Swept Away’ with his then wife Madonna, who is also rather horrible if I might add. Now knowing how badly that film was received and the fact a lot of people said his career was now down the drain I can see why he made a film like ‘Revolver’.

Its packaged all nicely like one of his other gangster films such as ‘Snatch’ or ‘Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’ but thats about where the similarities end as its unlike any gangster film I’ve ever seen before. In fact I would go as far as saying its the first ever art house gangster film as he used so many artistic filmmaking techniques to tell the story and not to mention it got heavily cerebral in the last 30 minutes.

Though I found the film very confusing by the end on reflection, and talking about it with my flat mate, it makes more sense now while at the same time not being overly easy to interpret. Which in my book is a good thing. If a film can really make you think afterwards and keep you thinking for days after that then it must be doing something right as many films these days escape your mind the minute the credits start to roll.

So what do I rate it? Well a very strong 7.5 out of 10. Its his weakest of his gangster films but that isn’t to say it isn’t a great movie in its own right. Its just not a film for everyone but its for sure a film for me.

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