The Gentlemen (2019)

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The Gentlemen (2019

taglineCriminal. Class.

Director: Guy Ritchie

Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Eddie Marsan, Colin Farrell, Hugh Grant, Charlie Hunnam

Action, Comedy, Crime (1h 53min)

USA USA

Rated 8.1 after 52,161 votes, 51% postive reviews on 24-Mar-20.

Plot

An American expat tries to sell off his highly profitable marijuana empire in London, triggering plots, schemes, bribery and blackmail in an attempt to steal his domain out from under him.

Cast

Guy Ritchie (director) Matthew McConaughey Charlie Hunnam Michelle Dockery Jeremy Strong Lyne Renee Colin Farrell

Matthew McConaughey (Mickey Pearson), Charlie Hunnam (Ray), Michelle Dockery (Rosalind Pearson), Jeremy Strong (Matthew), Lyne Renee (Jackie (as Lyne Renée)), Colin Farrell (Coach), Henry Golding (Dry Eye), Tom Wu (Lord George), Chidi Ajufo (Bunny), Hugh Grant (Fletcher), Simon R. Barker (Frazier (as Simon Barker)), Eddie Marsan (Big Dave), Jason Wong (Phuc), John Dagleish (Hammy), Jordan Long (Barman), Lily Frazer (Lisa the Mechanic), Gershwyn Eustache Jnr (Roger), Samuel West (Lord Pressfield), Geraldine Somerville (Lady Pressfield), Eliot Sumner (Laura Pressfield), Franz Drameh (Benny), Christopher Evangelou (Primetime), James Warren (Jim), Sean Sagar (Mal), Bugzy Malone (Ernie), Tom Rhys Harries (Power Noel), Danny Griffin (Aslan), Max Bennett (Brown), Eugenia Kuzmina (Misha), Bruce Chong (Ngoc), Ashley McGuire (Maureen), George Asprey (Lord Snowball), Shanu Hazzan (Trigger), Jack Jones (Nick), Sammy Williams (Kid), Ryan Dean (Murka), Guy List (Security Guard Guy), Marvin Campbell (Security Guard Marv), Will Mackay (Security Guard Frank (as Will MacKay)), Matt Sherren (Security Guard John)...

From the same director

Credits

Guy Ritchie (screenplay by), Guy Ritchie (story by), Ivan Atkinson (story by), Marn Davies (story by)

Produced by

Ivan Atkinson (producer), Bill Block (producer), Andrew Golov (executive producer), Max Keene (co-producer), Matthew McConaughey (co-producer), James Joseph McDonald (archive producer), Bob Osher (executive producer), Guy Ritchie (producer), Robert Simonds (executive producer), Alan J. Wands (executive producer)

Music

Comment

The rather unconventional visionary Guy Ritchie has been stuck in a Hollywood rut for the last ten years, ever since he committed to big budget, visual effects heavy films, such as Sherlock Holmes, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and this year's underwhelming live action version of the classic Disney, 'Aladdin'. The British director goes back to his roots with the highly entertaining gangster film 'The Gentlemen' and surprisingly nails every bold punch he makes.

Although his 'Aladdin' made a ton of money, critically the film was a disaster. His return to the underground world of bribery, drugs, money-laundering and blood-covered-class, is as refreshing as it is entertaining. The film's script deals with two storylines at the same time, almost breaking the fourth wall with a tongue-in-cheek commentary on today's Hollywood and how big movie studios are hungry for some original yet overly mainstream basic content, to lure people into cinemas to go watch their films.

Beginning with a quick flash forward that ends with a bang and a pair of brains splattered all over a pint and a pickled egg at a typical British pub, we dial it back to a quiet evening at Raymond's (Charlie Hunnam) cosy house. When private investigator and intrusive sly fox, Fletcher (Hugh Grant), turns up at his house, he explains he has been keeping an eye on the different gangs around town for quite a while. Narrating most of the film and making some stuff up to make things more spectacular for himself, he reads his mostly finished movie script to Raymond, bribing him into funding his little project, or else he'll leak all the information he has on Raymond's boss Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey), a white trash American expat who has build himself a marijuana empire.

Mickey is tired of the business and is trying to sell his highly profitable company to a dynasty of Oklahoma billionaires. But when one of the underground weed-plantations gets raided by a group of British lads, filming the entire thing and posting it on YouTube as some sort of fight--music-video, it quickly becomes clear some mobster bosses haven't been exactly honest about their meetings and loyalty towards each other. This is when the real war begins - while keeping it classy.

Ritchie co-wrote the story with Ivan Atkinson and Marn Davies, who haven't written anything before. The idea of the entire film is prodigious, but the screenplay and dialogue is simply unprecedented by Ritchie himself, bringing joke after joke, while taking you on a thrilling ride full of genius twists and new ways to incorporate classic gangster cinema - Ritchie-style. Composer Christopher Benstead is debuting his very first score for a feature film with The Gentlemen, and knows exactly how to set the tone and drive it up to an eleven. A promising talent that won't go unnoticed.

Ritchie introduces new characters throughout the film, keeping the audience on the edge of their seat, surprising them with actual cinema, getting the best angles and money shots, thanks to his cinematographer Alan Stewart (Aladdin). When adding layer after layer to the story, going deeper into the underground scene, adding a new protagonist who's into human trafficking and Mickey's queen and wife, the cockney Cleopatra, Rosalind (Michelle Dockery), who owns a sanctuary for the ladies as some sort of business coverup to her husband's weed-empire, it becomes clear every role has a purpose and there are no extras involved in this story. One of the best acting ensembles in recent cinema history, and a welcome reminder from McConnaughey as to why he won an Oscar in the first place. But it's Colin Farrell (as the highly entertaining 'Coach') and Hugh Grant who steal every scene they're in with their remarkable wit that'll for sure land them some BAFTA-nominations.

'The Gentlemen' is a ruthless first-class kick in the teeth. Do not let the failures of Ritchie's recent career choices scare you, as this is actually one of the best films he's ever made. Who knew Guy Ritchie could raise the bar not just for himself, but for everyone out there trying to brush him off as a has been. 2020 is off to a great start!

Memorable quotes

Mickey Pearson: There's only one rule in the jungle: when the lion's hungry, he eats!


26 total 

Trivia

Hugh Grant revealed on the Graham Norton show that he had not met Matthew McConaughey during the shoot of The Gentlemen. In fact, the first time they met was on that same Graham Norton show.


20 total 

Awards

None

Other titles

The Gentlemen ((original title); Australia; Austria; Canada (English title); Denmark; France; Germany; India (Hindi title); Ireland; Italy; Japan (Japanese title); New Zealand; UK; USA) • Los caballeros: criminales con clase (Argentina; Chile; Colombia; Peru) • Magnatas do Crime (Brazil) • Джентълмените (Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)) • Gospoda (Croatia) • Džentelmenid (Estonia) • 瘋狂紳士幫 (Hong Kong (Cantonese title)) • Úriemberek (Hungary) • Ha'Gentlemenim (Israel (Hebrew title)) • Los caballeros (Mexico) • Gangsteri cu stil (Moldova; Romania) • Dżentelmeni (Poland) • The Gentlemen - Senhores do Crime (Portugal) • Джентльмены (Russia) • Господа (Serbia) • Slušní chlapci (Slovakia) • Gospodje (Slovenia) • The Gentlemen: Los señores de la mafia (Spain) • 紳士追殺令 (Taiwan) • Джентльмени (Ukraine) • Los Caballeros (Uruguay (original subtitled version)) • Quý Ông Thế Giới Ngầm (Vietnam) • The Gentleman ((working title)) • Toff Guys ((working title)) • Busha ((working title))

Language

MPAA

Rated R for violence, language throughout, sexual references and drug content

Certification

Argentina:16 / Australia:MA15+ / Canada:14A / Canada:13+ / Chile:14 / Colombia:15 / Denmark:15 / Finland:K-16 / France:Tous publics avec avertissement / Germany:16 / Greece:K-15 / Hong Kong:IIB / Hungary:18 / India:A / Indonesia:17+ / Ireland:16 / Mexico:C / Netherlands:16 / New Zealand:R16 / Norway:15 / Philippines:R-16 / Portugal:M/16 / Singapore:M18 / South Korea:18 / Spain:16 / Switzerland:16 / Thailand:15 / United Kingdom:18 / United States:R / Vietnam:C18

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Added on

24-Mar-20

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