Thursday, January 16, 2020

Review: The Gentlemen

Release date: January 24, 2020
Running time: 113 minutes
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Michelle Dockery, Hugh Grant

From the wild mind of Guy Ritchie comes a new complicated crime tale featuring a unique cast and plenty of twists and turns.  Marijuana king pin Mickey Pearson (McConaughey) is on top of his game and thinking of getting out.  However, as soon as he starts to look for options, everything goes wrong.  Be it potential rivals (Henry Golding) or clever journalists looking to make some money (Hugh Grant), Mickey and his right hand man Ray (Hunnam) will have to use all of their wits to stay kings of jungle.  

This movie has plenty of Guy Ritchie's trademark look.  From the very noticeable and perfectly done costumes, to the choice of shooting locations, and the great camera shots, this film oozes style.  The Gentlemen gangsters all dress and act impeccably, with crisp suits and calm words.  The interloping gangsters are less put together, but equally fitting.  And Colin Farrell's character has such an outlandish but perfect style that just endears you to him and his boys.  And I absolutely love scumbag Hugh Grant; scumbag Hugh Grant might possibly be my favorite Hugh Grant.  His character acts as a narrator to the film and he is such a breath of fresh air.  This style is also helped by a fantastic soundtrack that sets the mood.  The opening song sets a wonderful tone, one that is continued throughout.  

And the story is classic Guy Ritchie: it starts with a little nibble of information and weaves new characters, plots, and sub plots in as you take this incredible journey.  It is an interesting caper that has plenty of twists and turns and keeps drip feeding information that will have you wondering what will happen next.  And all of this is fueled by Ritchie's incredible and irreverent dialogue.  It is sharp, serious, and when it needs to be very clever.  Listen to every word because they're all important for the story.

The Gentlemen is classic Guy Ritchie: a fantastic cast acting in a complicated crime caper fueled by Ritchie's amazing style and sharp, clever writing.  Dignify yourself and don't miss this one.  

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BONUS: Check out this special Q&A featuring Guy Ritchie, Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Michelle Dockery, Hugh Grant, and Henry Golding that played after the screening at Alamo Drafthouse!

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