A Case For Style Over Substance

It is one the great debates that anyone who likes cinema always has. We are talking of course about style and substance. You can be for or against one of them or if you are like me, you can like both these methods of film making. Style as a concept is pretty easy to explain but substance is a little more difficult to understand. This is primarily because, it is a subjective concept. It can mean different things to different people. Let’s look at one way in which the audience may try to define this. For this case, let’s look at character development and the actual plot.


So what is the plot of the 2000 film and is there any character development present ? The answer to the first question is that the plot revolves around a stolen diamond and venturing further into it would spoil it for those who haven’t seen the film. As for character development, since the film has a lot of characters to deal with, it is not possible to focus on the arc of a single character. This aspect of Guy Ritchie’s films is something that critics always like to point out. When its done well as in the case of Snatch, we don’t’ worry about the arcs at all. It becomes apparent when the film does not work as was the case with his latest release, King Arthur. Though I must admit I’m yet to see the film.

Since the film is all about style, let’s talk about that. Snatch has the distinctive Guy Ritchie flavor that was made famous by Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels. It has many of the same actors to boot. For those who found the two films to be far too similar, all I have to say is that, I was able to enjoy both equally, because it was a case of more of a good thing for me. And there is so much to be said for the style that is employed. From the kind of cuts that are used to the choice of the soundtrack, I found the film to be quite immersive to be honest. Snatch was able to entertain me and not just in parts.


So, the case for style over substance can be very much made when said style is this impressive and entertaining as is the case here. If you feel that there is a lack of substance, Ritchie is ready to hit you with a dose of style that will compensate for whatever you may be perceive to be lacking. He is able to do this by making almost every character a memorable one. Despite the fact that there is a lot happening, we are still able to follow the plot and we’re not taken aback by the sudden appearance or in some cases disappearance of characters. All in all, what you are left with at the end of the film is a feeling of fun which is my of saying that this film is awesome.

Until next time, bye.

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