Friday, February 4, 2011
"What exactly is it that you want to do to me then, Bob?"
Gerad Butler asks Tom Hardy that in "RocknRolla," a film directed by Guy Ritchie.
I'm not a big Guy Ritchie film. I've seen the previous one (including the awful "Swept Away") and felt they had promise (except the awful "Swept Away") but didn't really gel.
"RocknRolla" actually does. That's in part due to its strong cast which includes Gerard Butler, Tom Hardy, the great Thandie Newton, Idris Elba and Toby Kebbell.
This is a caper film.
Stella (Thandi) is an accountant married to a man (beard marriage, he's gay). One-Two (Gerad) is attracted to Stella. One-Two's best friend is his partner Mumbles (Idris) followed by, for the last five years Bob (Tom).
Bob's set to go to prison for five years for a crime. One-Two plans a big send-off the day before the sentencing. He takes Bob there and is going on about the strippers and everything else when Bob tells him that's not what he wants.
What does he want?
Bob tells One-Two that he wouldn't understand.
One-Two insists he would.
So Bob tells him, "I want you."
One-Two explodes, pulls the car over, gets out of it and starts screaming in disbelief. Then notes that Bob's seen his junk and everything and he never knew Bob was gay.
He finally calms down, gets back into the car, and that's when, after a pause, he asks, "What exactly is it that you want to do to me then, Bob?"
We later learn that something happened. Because Bob doesn't go to prison. And One-Two freaks out. He corners Bob and tells him that what happened last night was only because Bob was supposed to be going to prison.
Too bad we didn't see that because the most appealing moment Gerard Butler has had on screen was when he asked, "What exactly is it that you want to do to me then, Bob?" (We see them dance but I think there was a great deal more than dancing.)
I like Gerard Butler. He's a good actor and I've praised him here before. But that was his best moment on scene and one totally unexpected. You really have to see his face in that moment, the expression, the naked emotion.
The film is full of many great moments like that and, unlike so many films, it doesn't waste Thandie who is probably the most underrated actress working in films today. She is amazing in the movie and looks amazing in it as well. It's really telling that she has to go to British films for that (she was under utilized and badly filmed in the Eddie Murphy flim that remains her biggest box office hit).
The twists and turns will keep you surprised. So make a point to check it out.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"