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Explore the extent to which "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" fits Warshaw's criteria and where it can be placed in terms of Metz's evolutionary stages of genre.

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Explore the extent to which "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" fits Warshaw's criteria and where it can be placed in terms of Metz's evolutionary stages of genre. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels has been considered as one of the more successful British gangster films of the 20th Century, and has been quoted as "a welcome entry into the flailing neo-noir tradition" (Sean Axmaker, Seattle Weekly). Of course, there is no denying the film's comedy, leading us to the ultimate questions - is Lock, Stock a parody of film-noir and of the general gangster genre; and does it indeed fit into the gangster genre itself? To answer these questions it is important to focus on the second primarily, as this will lead us on to decide whether it is a parody of the gangster genre, or a completely different genre. Warshaw's Film vs. Western table is a conflict of interest when it comes to Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels; the characters and text of the film have only ...read more.

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Of course, you could call this a success rather than a failure - they escaped with their lives and are now free men. They have had their failure at the beginning, but redeem themselves - at least, they secure their lives. If we are to assume that this counts as a factor of the gangster genre, then we must also note that their redemption is leaning slightly toward the western genre, though of course this film holds a barrage of comedy that a western would not. The gangsters in Lock, Stock are violent, loud, extroverted and incredibly discordial to everything and anyone that crosses in their path. This is very similar to other British gangster films, such as Get Carter and The Long Good Friday, where eventually everyone gets beaten up or killed. However, due to its spoof-like disposition, it is hard to associate it with such films as above, as neither are a comic impersonation of gangster films, but in terms of the content, either a classical gangster film or more to the case of The Long Good Friday, experimental. ...read more.

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To view this film after doing research into numerous gangster films of all kinds of evolutions, it is clear that Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels was written to be a parody of the gangster genre, not only of the general genre, but also a parody of film-noire, with all the darkness of Harry's underworld made humerous by his blundering henchmen with their heavy cockney accents that we are all familiar to. Up until now, gangster was known as something dark, something we didn't understand - but by creating this parody in the shape of Lock, Stock, the film industry have given us an insight into a human version of what we all considered above, or indeed, below us. In conclusion, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels fits just comfortably in the gangster genre, but leaving enough loopholes and making it human and humerous enough to have it called a parody, and for it to be hard to criticise when judging it as a gangster film. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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