Offensive to who? I like your thought-provoking reviews discussing social issues, but this time it seems that you’re trying to cite something that isn’t really there. It sounds like you have a sort of prejudice against the early Guy Ritchie movies, which is fine, but that predicts you probably won’t like any of his future attempts like this piece.
I think you have to have the right mindset and watch it accordingly. I mean, his gangster flicks are about savage, violent cockney men with racism, homophobia, and all sorts of anti-PC statements, but isn’t that the point?
The word “cunt” as far as social slurs go not that offensive in England as perhaps it is in America. It’s not like the “n-word”. Working-class people use it quite frequently here and since these types of movies of his are about low-life criminals (most of the time, this one is kind of a half-exception), it sounds authentic — to me, at least.
I agree with the statement this was made for Ritchie fans, mostly, and straight white males to have a bit of nostalgia. There is nothing wrong with that. Snatch and Lock, stock and the two smoking barrels were hilarious back then. To be fair, I rewatched them a few years ago, they are still pretty funny.
As you said, Guy is the English Tarantino, not taking himself seriously at all, having a bit of a laugh in a sort of made-up world where gangsters are handsome and extremely talkative. He is not making social studies about English criminals, he uses them to entertain. And for that, this is a cleverly written piece (especially the screenwriting analogies).