Reel Dialogue Director’s Cut – Guy Ritchie

For those less than familiar with those behind the camera, Guy Ritchie is a director associated with some of the most well-written, provocative and exciting films of the past few decades. The celebrated director has been working on the new Disney live-action interpretation of Aladdin and is now being considered for the upcoming Marvel film, Captain Britain.

Unfortunately, he is probably better known for being married to Madonna, but with that is all behind him. Since this dark season of his life, Ritchie has gone on to make some of the biggest films of his career, the likes of Snatch and Sherlock Holmes. 

For those looking through his list of films, many may wonder if this is the man with the proper filmmaking pedigree to be courted by Disney and Marvel. The Reel Dialogue team thought it might be worth looking into Ritchie’s career and find out why these family-friendly studios are actively pursuing him for future projects. 

Interesting facts about Guy Ritchie:

  1. Guy won the MTV Movie Award Best New Filmmaker for Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels in 1999.
  2. Some of his key collaborators: Jason Statham, Mark Strong and Matthew Vaughn.
  3. After watching Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid as a child, Guy realised that what he wanted to do was make films. He never attended film school, saying that the work of film school graduates was boring and unwatchable.

Here are Reel Dialogue’s top five Guy Ritchie films*:

  1. Snatch
  2. Sherlock Holmes
  3. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
  4. RocknRolla
  5. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Biggest Box Office success: Sherlock Holmes (2009)

*Ritchie’s style tends to be violent and contains rough language. 

Director’s Cut: Every once and a while, we will put together a short compilation of some of the most influential directors in film, called the Director’s Focus. When considering a film to watch, these suggestions might help you to choose better films. 

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Russell Matthews

Russell loves film and enjoys engaging in discussions about the latest cinema offerings and then connecting this with the Gospel. He has worked for City Bible Forum for over 10 years, is a reviewer for Insights Magazine and Entertainment Fuse and has a blog called Russelling Reviews. He moderates events for Reel Dialogue which connect the film industry with the general public.