One of my favorite months of the year for movies is March. The award shows have all wrapped, the general public is looking for a break from weighty dramas, and Hollywood hasn’t quite geared up for the summer marketing blitz. During this transitional period, it’s anybody’s guess how a film might fare. For every flop released, you can bet there’s a hidden gem right alongside it. In March 1999, one such diamond in the rough was the British import, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.
Some might argue Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels was another in a long line of films during the late 90s that rode the coattails of Tarantino’s off-beat success, Pulp Fiction. While that may account for some of its initial success, Lock, Stock‘s staying power is due to the cleverly structured plotting and sharp dialogue. The charisma of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is most noteworthy for launching the career of not only Guy Ritchie, but that of Jason Statham and Vinnie Jones. Statham’s stubbly pate and stoic stare have gone on to dazzle millions in one action pic after another. Jones has continued to chew up the scenery as the big bad-ass in a variety of films from action to comedy to horror. If for no other reason, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is worth watching just to see how it all began.
they got the whole suave, posh thing goin’ on. I gotta hand it to Jason Statham, he’s a godawful muscle man stunt actor in American films, but he fits right in when the rest of the cast is from the U.K. And Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels is this perfect case when it comes to that. A flavorful British cast with a renowned British director in one of his first film debuts, Guy Ritchie. Let the guns fly and the villains die.
After seeing "Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" (again), the song "18 With a Bullet", which played during the credits, struck me as a must have. I can't say that I have any idea who Pete Wingfield is (was), but it surely must be a classic. Since eyeToons won't sell just the song, I am the proud new owner of the movie's entire soundtrack. There are a couple of classic James Brown tunes, a few from what must be indie artists, Zorba the Greek, and some funny lines from the movie. Kinda like buying a grab bag. All in all I think it was worth it.