Reel Dialogue Director’s Cut – Guy Ritchie

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

The latest Guy Ritchie trailer has been released and it looks like he is up to his old tricks. The Gentlemen is a star-studded, sophisticated action / comedy which follows a very British drug lord who tries to sell off his highly profitable marijuana empire to a dynasty of Oklahoma billionaires. Not the follow-up that everyone was expecting after Aladdin, but it does feel like Guy Ritchie has returned to his roots.

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. He has had his highs and lows, but he has proven to be a director who gets things done and has a signature style that most would find exciting and innovative.

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, Sherlock Holmes and surprise hit, the live-action remake of Aladdin. Who would have thought that the biggest film of his career would be a Disney project?

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. The Reel Dialogue team thought it might be worth looking into Ritchie’s career and find out why this family-friendly studio would actively pursue 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 Guy Ritchie films*

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

Biggest Box Office success: Aladdin (2019)

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

The Gentlemen trailer – Contains mature content