Director: Guy Ritchie
Writer/s: Guy Ritchie, Ivan Atkinson, Marn Davies
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Strong, Colin Farrell, Henry Golding, Hugh Grant, and more.
So “The Gentlemen” was a welcoming shock to fire off the year. I only saw a handful of trailers prior to my viewing and also did not hear all that much buzz up until the week prior to the movie coming out. However, with such a stacked cast of established performers and some new ones that I am a big fan of, I knew I had to catch this quickly. “The Gentlemen” was directed by Guy Ritchie, who brought us classics like “Snatch,” “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,” and “Revolver,” as well as recent big titles like my favorite, “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” “Aladdin,” and “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.” Ritchie makes his return to the gangster comedy, and I for one was ready for it!
“A British drug lord tries to sell off his highly profitable empire to a dynasty of Oklahoma billionaires.”
In recent years Guy Ritchie has been quite hit and miss with his films, so I approached “The Gentlemen” with caution. However, I am happy to say that I was more than excited with the final product once the credits rolled. This movie was hella entertaining, it had an alluring dramatic story layered under the comedic surface, and per usual with a Ritchie film, the performances were fantastic. If I could say one major critique of mine, it was the introductory period of the film. Early on it is simply droning story telling with a few jokes thrown in here and there. Nearly fully narrated by Hugh Grant playing Fletcher, about a quarter of the film passes before then we get to the meat of the movie. A quarter of the way through we get to the dramatics, the comedy, and these fantastic characters.
In prime Guy Ritchie fashion, the characters of “The Gentlemen” are exceptional and bursting with personality. To lead it off, I was impressed with Matthew McConaughey’s Mickey Person. Mr. “Alright alright alrrrright” has not been in all that many films that really impressed me with his performance. To me, he is more so a house hold name as himself versus being known for a specific role or movie. With Ritchie’s “The Gentlemen,” McConaughey surely stood out and was excellent. A real proper gentleman badass.
Surrounding McConaughey is, again, an excellent cast who all pulls their weight despite whatever amount of screen time they have. Charlie Hunnam: Almost exactly what a Hunnam fan would want out of his performance. Sly, strong, and hilarious. Michelle Dockery: Probably one of my favorites even with limited screen time. A POWERFUL woman. Jeremy Strong: Absolutely hilarious and conniving. Colin Farrell: An absolute fucking riot. Hugh Grant: Sneaky, slithering asshole who is hilarious. Lastly, my guy Henry Golding, who I still want to do a spotlight post on. Another limited screen time piece, but he was exceptional to me.
Easily “The Gentlemen” will be one of the gems of the early year. It is filled with large personalities within its characters, a story line that will keep people at attention, and comedy to have most crowds laughing out loud. Before watching, I must admit I was worried of “Kingsman,” similarities but I am glad to have just been blindly ignorant at the time. “The Gentlemen” has a little bit of something for all kinds of different movie watchers. Catch this one quickly!
- McConaughey’s character Mickey Pearson and his core rule of “don’t fuck with my wife” might be my favorite element of the movie.
- Colin Farrell is eternally a gem.
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