If you haven’t seen the 40 Year Old Virgin, Superbad, or Pinneaple Express, then the term ‘Bromance’ probably just flew past you. Short for ‘Brother’ and ‘Romance,’ it essentially means close friendship between straight men or heterosexual ‘man-crush.’
Well, before Judd Apatow made it popular with the flix I mentioned above, frequently with his ‘dream team’ of Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, James Franco, et al., Guy Ritchie gave us Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels. Jason Statham was pretty much Apatow’s Rogen, his go-to dude whose film career he helped launch (Statham was a former Olympic diver). Ritchie then followed it with Snatch, the critical dud Revolver, and the recently released Rocknrolla (with Gerard Butler replacing Statham as the lead), which all center on the tight-knit friendship between a bunch of British guys.
I kind of think of Bromance flicks the guys’ version of chick flicks, and it’s definitely gaining momentum to rival that genre. With Sherlock Holmes, Ritchie tells the story the ultimate male BFFs of the 19th Century, that is Holmes and Watson. The plot according to IMDB, is a battle of wits & brawn between the titular detective with his partner with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England. Robert Downey (Holmes) and Jude Law (Watson) got along really well on the set, so well in fact that Downey joked at Comic Con of his ‘man-crush’ with Law. Reportedly Downey was sent to convince Law to do the part but before he even got to it, they both immediately clicked and started talking about what to do with their roles. That’s cool. I think when two actors who enjoy collaborating with each other, that ‘chemistry’ shows. Like when Russell Crowe and Christian Bale worked together on 3:10 to Yuma, the interviews revealed their ‘male bonding’ and it’s transported on-screen, too.
In any case, I don’t think this genre isn’t going away any time soon. And with Ritchie back doing what he does best (and no more Madonna thank goodness!), this Bromance crime drama might be one to look forward to come Christmas.