REVIEW: AMC’s Snatch is a punchy reimagining of Guy Ritchie’s original film
Tackling a television remake of a well-known and beloved cult classic like Guy Ritchie’s Snatch is a risky endeavour. Fortunately for AMC, a vivacious modern imagining of the film – complete with unique new characters and stories – completely delivers despite the pressure.
Snatch follows young hustler Albert Hill (Luke Pasqualino), the son of infamous gangster Vic Hill (Dougray Scott), as he attempts to make a name for himself and his friends – eccentric aristocrat Charlie Cavendish-Scott (Rupert Grint) and junior boxer Billy Ayres (Lucien Laviscount) – outside of his connection to his father. Albert’s fortunes take a leap when he becomes accidentally entangled in a gold heist that sees he and his friends the prime benefactors of a truckload of stolen bullion. The series follows these out-of-their-depths hustlers as they are thrown headfirst into an international criminal underworld.
The reason Snatch works is it doesn’t try to copy the 2000 film. It reminds faithful to the themes of the original film – including Ritchie’s trademark visually exciting style, punchy dialogue and unique characters. The unintentional windfall in the hands of those ill-equipped to deal with it remains, but in the hands of very different characters. The series has also successfully updated a story about criminals to the world of 2017, where a heist might be captured in its entirety with a cameraphone and prisoners can contact their families via Facetime from prison.
The acting across the board is on point. One of the major talking points of the new Snatch series is the inclusion of Harry Potter star Rupert Grint. Fortunately, Grint is at his best in the new series as the quirky, eccentric character of Charlie. Alongside him, Luke Pasqualino makes for a suitably dapper, charismatic and keen-to-impress young hustler – while Dougray Scott is a seasoned pro when it comes to the portraying his esteemed criminal father Vic.
In terms of script, Snatch is every bit as snappy and hilarious as its film counterpart. The pilot episode makes for a thoroughly entertaining and well-executed hour of television. Everything about this series is lovingly and stylishly crafted – making it well worth one’s time.
The new Snatch is a brilliant piece of television which delivers despite the hype. Its success is built on expertly weaving the same themes that made the Guy Ritchie film a cult classic with the age of modernity, spunky new characters and a worthwhile story.