Guy Stuart Ritchie (born September 10, 1968 in Hatfield, England) is a British film director and screenwriter.
He followed up with Snatch., which was an even bigger success, though some critics complained that he was rehashing his previous film too much. Next, he made Swept Away, a remake of a controversial 1970s Italian film, starring his then-wife Madonna.
Swept Away was savaged by critics, and bombed at the box office. When he returned to familiar territory with the crime caper Revolver (2005), he tried to mix things up with an Evil Plan and an Anvilicious Aesop. The film was so poorly received that it didn't even see wide release in America.
Ritchie then made RocknRolla in an obvious attempt to recapture the violent and irreverent underworld hijinks of his first two films. It was received better than Revolver, but wasn't really a success. He seemed to be approaching the nadir, but his adaptation of Sherlock Holmes appears to have revived his fortunes; it received mostly positive reviews, and was successful at the box office, grossing more than all of his previous films combined. The sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows was equally successful. He also produced the TV series SWAG.
In 2019, after two consecutive box-office bombs, he rebounded with, of all things, the live-action remake of Aladdin, which has become the biggest hit of his career. In 2020, he returned to crime comedy with The Gentlemen, and has since reunited with his former leading man Jason Statham on two further films.
He was married to Madonna from 2000 to 2008. He then married actress Jacqui Ainsley in 2015.
- Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
- Snatch. (2000)
- Mean Machine, the British remake of The Longest Yard (2001) (producer only)
- Swept Away (2002)
- Revolver (2005)
- RocknRolla (2008)
- Sherlock Holmes (2009)
- Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)
- The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)
- King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)
- Aladdin (2019)
- The Gentlemen (2020)
- Wrath of Man (2021)
- Operation Fortune: Ruse de guerre (2022)
Tropes associated with Guy Ritchie
- Career Resurrection: Twice.
- It's generally agreed that the Sherlock Holmes movies brought him back to prominence as a director the first time around.
- The second time around, it was the two-time combination of Aladdin (2019), which became his highest-grossing release, and The Gentlemen, which won back fans and critics who praised his return to his crime comedy roots.
- London Gangster: Many examples have featured in his films.
- MacGuffin: His films tend to feature good examples standard formula is several factions of gangsters colliding as they try to get their hands on... something. Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels has two antique guns and a stash of weed; Snatch. has a giant diamond; and Rock N Rolla had a painting.
- Once More, with Clarity!: Expect plenty of these, with fast-paced crosscuts and/or slow motion.
- Overcrank: The man really loves his slow motion. The only director more famous than him for using it is perhaps Zack Snyder.
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: It wouldn't be a Guy Ritchie movie without characters sassing the crap out of each other. Extra points if heavy English accents are involved.