Eclectic English film director Guy Ritchie exploded onto the Hollywood scene in the late 1990’s with his two highly acclaimed British gangster films Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. The two films focused on a group of unsavory characters that spoke with an almost indiscernible dialect categorized as “Cockney”.
After the success of Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, Ritchie became a huge household name and dropped the small intimate settings of his crime dramas in favor of big and brash Hollywood productions like Sherlock Holmes and Disney’s live-action Aladdin reboot. While churning out blockbuster after blockbuster became profitable, ardent fans have been clamoring for a return to the small and intimate setting that made Ritchie famous.
It only took 20 years, but Ritchie finally returns to his roots with The Gentlemen. The film follows Mickie Pearson (Matthew McConaughey), an extremely rich and powerful Marijuana kingpin. Pearson is ready to sell his entire UK based operation to a fellow American (Jeremy Strong) and sail off into the sunset. The problem is Pearson has to stave off an onslaught of chicanery from his clientele as well as his competition. Not everyone was a piece of Mickey’s empire, so let the backstabbing and undermining begin.
The Gentlemen is Guy Ritchie at his best. He is essentially dropping McConaughey’s Mickey Pearson in an elaborate escape room filled with a plethora of plot twists and undesirable characters and asking him to navigate his way out. Just when you think you have the story figured out, Ritchie pulls the audience in the complete opposite direction. The Gentlemen is a clever, gritty, and immensely entertaining gangster film that will have you rooting for the bad guy.
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By SCOTT PETERSON
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