10 Famous Directors Who Completely Changed Style For One Movie

10. Guy Ritchie - Swept Away

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We all know what a Guy Ritchie production looks like by now: Extended music videos full of jump cuts, lens filters, and more gratuitous shootouts than a John Woo film. Ritchie broke out as the flashy director behind Snatch and Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels.

Those two films were the byproduct of a new, ultra-violent era of crime noir ushered in by Quentin Tarantino, and Ritchie was one of the few truly effective copycats of that style.

So it was more than a little baffling when Ritchie released Swept Away, a deserted island rom-com adrift in misplaced sentimentality and by-the-numbers storytelling. The film, which starred then-wife Madonna, replaces Ritchie's signature snappy banter and slick black comedy with rote dialogue and one of the most unlikable characters to ever be stranded on a beach.

Swept Away is as straight-ahead as love stories come, and there's nary a high-speed action sequence in sight. It's more Nicholas Sparks than Quentin Tarantino.


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