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Let's Draw the Curtain on the cinematic World of Guy Ritchie - with 5 of his most idiosyncratic Villains

Prepare to be enamoured by the quirky villains from the mind of Guy Ritchie!

Since his directorial debut in 1998 with the gritty crime-comedy "Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels," Guy Ritchie has established himself as a captivating filmmaker with a unique style. While his intricate plots, stylish visuals, and memorable dialogue have garnered widespread acclaim, it's the depth of his characters that truly captivates audiences. While his action heroes and morally ambiguous protagonists often steal the spotlight, Ritchie has also created a variety of compelling villains throughout his career. In this list, we will be taking a look at them!

Brick Top (Alan Ford)

"Snatch" is quite commonly regarded as Guy Ritchie's masterpiece, celebrated for its brilliant sequences and memorable quotes. Set in the London underworld, the gritty crime-comedy revolves around a stolen diamond and a rigged boxing match. Amidst its diverse cast, Alan Ford's Brick Top emerges as a formidable antagonist. Brick Top strikes fear into those who owe him with his menacing demeanour and penchant for violence. His cold-blooded nature and ruthless tactics, including feeding enemies to pigs, firmly establish him as one of Ritchie's most iconic villains.

Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris)

Featuring Jared Harris as Professor Moriarty, any adaptation of Sherlock Holmes should excel at presenting an exceptional villain. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows meets this expectation, portraying Moriarty with imposing grandeur. The film follows Holmes and Watson's investigation of an Austrian prince's apparent suicide, with Holmes suspecting a deeper conspiracy, especially as global events escalate towards war. Holmes deduces Moriarty's involvement, but exposing his villainy and unravelling his endgame prove challenging due to Moriarty's genius. Harris delivers a captivating portrayal, depicting Moriarty's might and cunning convincingly. The scene where Moriarty and Holmes engage in a battle of wits reflects Moriarty's ruthless intellect, making him one of Ritchie's greatest villains. 

Dorothy Macha (Ray Liotta)

 In Guy Ritchie's 2005 action film "Revolver," Ray Liotta's portrayal of Dorothy Macha stands out as a sensational villain. The story centres on Jake Green (Jason Statham), who, after serving seven years for a crime he didn't commit, confronts Macha for payment owed to him. However, their encounter takes a deadly turn when Macha orders Jake's demise. Macha, a psychotic gang lord driven by ego and power, adds depth to the narrative, despite occasional distractions from the main plot.

Matthew Berger (Jeremy Strong)

In Guy Ritchie's crime film "The Gentlemen," his signature style and gritty depiction of London's criminal underworld are elevated with a polished touch, resulting in a visually captivating narrative. The story follows Micky Pearson (Matthew McConaughey), an American kingpin in London looking to offload his profitable empire. As he navigates negotiations, various factions within the city's criminal network launch attacks on his business. The film stands out for its array of shady characters, making it difficult to identify the main antagonist. However, Matthew Berger (Jeremy Strong), the key figure in Micky's dealings, emerges as the mastermind behind the assaults, seeking to disrupt Micky's operations for personal gain. Strong's portrayal of the cunning billionaire is compelling, capturing his smug demeanour that elicits both disdain and intrigue.

Lord Henry Blackwood (Mark Strong)

Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes" merges Victorian mystery with his trademark style. Robert Downey Jr. stars as Sherlock Holmes, facing off against the sinister Lord Henry Blackwood (Mark Strong), an aristocratic serial killer with occult leanings. Blackwood's resurrection and mastery of the occult make him a formidable foe, though his gimmick is eventually exposed, leading to a somewhat anticlimactic demise.

Within the cinematic world of Guy Ritchie, these iconic villains have defined an archetype. Working within the confines of his own style, Richie managed to make these baddies stand out!