The Gentlemen

Guy Ritchie has had a varied career. Initially known for his British gangster flicks which include ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’ and ‘Snatch’, the director has since diversified into other genres. The fantasy epic ‘Aladdin’ and ‘King Arthur’ had varying degrees of success, but it’s his crime movies that are best known. ‘The Gentlemen’ finds him on comfortable turf, with a gaggle of crims looking for a payday only Ritchie can provide.

Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey) is an expat American drug dealer wanting out of the game. Keen to liquidate his operation for cash, his idea brings out the best of the British underworld including Coach (Colin Farrell) and Raymond (Charlie Hunman). With dodgy news reporter Fletcher (Hugh Grant) lurking in the shadows, it’s anyone’s game as the temptation to grab bags full of loot becomes too great to resist.

‘The Gentlemen’ is great escapist fare only Ritchie can provide. He knows these characters very well – the slangs, moves and their code of honour. This authenticity gives the story an edge by successfully drawing you into this murky world. The twists, double-crosses that are part and parcel of a Ritchie movie are easily seen. His script keeps you guessing until the absolute final moments, making for a fun and a frequently violent ride.

As with any ensemble piece, ‘The Gentlemen’ thrives on performances. There are too many to mention, as all inhabit their wayward characters with ease. You can tell they are enjoying bringing the story to life with their persona’s charms on full display. The cinematography also teases out the frenetic, dangerous atmosphere in which they all exist.

Ritchie’s pleasure in bringing ‘The Gentlemen’ to the screen is evident. He’s clearly having a good time with a solid and sordid tale of money and revenge. Whilst it’s always good to walk a different cinematic path, the occasional foray into familiar territory doesn’t hurt with Ritchie’s latest amongst his best.

Rating out of 10: 8

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