I'm an American lawyer with no formal film education.
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels derives its laughs not from punchlines or visual gags, or even particularly comic twists of plot. Instead, it's a somehow understated comedy of irony and error--all in a film with Bren guns, massacres, Greek henchmen, and Cockney accents.
I could not finish this and can't really give a star rating. Simply not for me, I think. I guess I'm just not that interested in what Marker thinks about the world--most of the observations our nested narrator makes stank faintly of triteness--nor am I beguiled by travelogue imagery.
Do not make the mistake of changing your surroundings in the hopes of changing your life.
Bruno Stroszek is an alcoholic, recently released from prison, with few skills besides looking a fool playing the accordion. Harassed by pimps in Germany, he decides to move to America in the hopes of turning his life around. Maybe there he can make his fortune; get his girlfriend Eva out of the cycle of prostitution; find a semblance of self-respect. Predictably, nothing changes. The…
Le Cercle Rouge is the Alpha and Omega of heist movies. It has an expository first act, where our partners in crime meet and test the boundaries of their trust; a gripping second act, where our criminals execute the perfect heist; and a delicious moral fable for its third act, where our protagonists get double-crossed on their way to the morgue. If you meet someone who has never seen a heist movie, show them Le Cercle Rouge; they'll never bother…