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Ray Winstone is Ray, head honcho of a North London crime outfit; Sean Pertwee is Sean, leader of the South London pack. Their organisations co-exist with a minimum of fuss, based on respect for each other's turf. Then Ray's nephew, Jude (Jude Law), introduces his mate, Jonny (Jonny Lee Miller), into the firm and the equilibrium goes up in gun smoke. Jonny's a hothead who disrespects Ray's rules and instigates a private feud with Matthew (Rhys Ifans), his opposite number in Sean's gang, and soon there are gun battles raging through the capital.
Perhaps directors Dominic Anciano and Ray Burdis regard their work as avant-garde, a deconstruction of the movie-making myth or a dissection of genre--or maybe they are just having a laugh at our expense. Either way the result is tortuous, egotistical film making. To be fair, Love, Honour and Obey is at least a step up from their last effort, Final Cut, in which much the same cast again paraded under their own names and made utter fools of themselves, but that's like saying the Zeebrugge ferry disaster wasn't as bad as the Titanic. Still, at least it's not all boys playing with their penis extensions: there's also Sadie Frost and Denise Van Outen. --Jamie Graham
1) its simplicity, there are no dramatic twists or moments in the film where you have to ask yourself "what the hell's going on?!" this does however make the film somewhat predictable, it has lost a star for this reason however.
2) excellent british cast. ray winstone, jude law, johnny lee miller, kathy burke, rhys ifans, etc. all are brilliant and the roles played by the operation good guys crew are fabulous. very well acted by all involved.
3) this film is so funny!! it works on the level that it never takes itself too seriously as a gangster film and this allows for some humourous slapstick comedy! i wouldn't call it a spoof though (to say it does to gangster films what 'scary movie' done to horror films is a bit wide of the mark) as it comes across as too avantgarde for that.
overall this is a class bit of film-making and although some people may not find it very rewarding in terms of the plot, it has enough laugh out loud moments to keep even the harshest of critics entertained for 90 mins.
Great choice of actors for a London gangster movie, some of the actors added their own sense of humour to the script.
Don't get me wrong this isn't just a load of funny crap, its a serious film with LOTS of black comedy and just generally funny and cool lines. You will keep repeating lines said by characters to your friends and will never forget them.
Watch it once and you will probably think it's good. Watch it twice you will think it's brilliant.
The humour is excellent.
Buy this film - you won't be disappointed.
Love Honour and Obey sees the likes of Jude Law, Sadie Frost and Ray Winston as the North London posse of gangsters and Sean Pertwee, Rhys Ifans et al as South London's. When Johnny Lee Miller joins North London he almost immediatly starts a feud with South London's Ifans without Head Honcho Winston's knowledge.
The movie is rather violent in places - although nothing compared to your average American outing - but the fact that the film in general is down-played and therefore more realistic makes the violence more believeable and so might not play well with those of a weak constitution. However, the humour throughout the entire film - especially that punctuating the violent scenes - I felt was strong enough to diminish any squeamishness.
The film is rather a self-indulgent excerise for all involved - but everyone seems to be geniunely enjoying themselves which makes the on-screen relationships seem more believeable.
Anyone with an open mind and good sense of humour should find this a fun outing.
If you watch this film for no other reason - watch if for Fat Alan's demonstration of how to fend off a knife-attack. Hilarious!