review by Bobby Blakey
For the last few years director Guy Ritchie has been taking on bigger Hollywood movies including the Sherlock Holmes films and most recently the mega hit Aladdin for Disney. Now he is returning to the genre that put him on the map with his latest film The Gentlemen starring Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding, Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Strong, Eddie Marsan, Colin Farrell, and Hugh Grant. Could this great cast and director deliver a film that lives up to its talent or will it be a crime not worth committing?
The Gentlemen follows American expat Mickey Pearson who built a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. When word gets out that he's looking to cash out of the business forever it triggers plots, schemes, bribery and blackmail in an attempt to steal his domain out from under him. I’m actually a big fan of everyone here especially Colin Farrell, so have been pretty stoked to see this one. Going in I knew the basic premise, but wasn’t sure how it was going play out. I know some people were not totally sold on the film but I loved it. The tone is perfect with a great use of internal story to tell the story in a unique way. This isn’t something we haven’t seen before, but the way it plays out works great.
The cast are all great and look to be having a great time. We don’t get to see McConaughey or Golding play up vicious characters so it was nice to see them take on these types of roles. Depsite them being criminals McConaughey stills has that side to him that makes you root for him and you just want Golding to be taken out because he is just that pompous in the best way possible. Ferrell didn’t get near as much to do as I had hoped but every scene he is in is just made better with his presence. Hunnam amd Grant have come of the best banter and are on the forefront of the entire film.
The fact they all get to use their real life accents just add to the strength of their performances. It made them all more relaxed and just have a great time or at least appear too. I love a good crime story and this one brought some freshness to the mix while still walking familiar ground. There are plenty of twists and turns right up until the very end with some you will see coming and others just a blast to see unfold. I’m not sure of what the issues some had with the pacing or overall tone as I loved it and would love to see more with these characters, but am happy to just revisit this one numerous times.