Theatrical Reviews

The Gentlemen Review

The Gentlemen 1

Studio: 
Entertainment Film Distributors   

What’s It About?
A wealthy American criminal who possesses a huge marijuana business is looking to get out of the game, which alerts a number of rivals to benefit from the situation.   

Who’s In It?
Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club, True Detective S1, & more recently White Boy Rick)
Hugh Grant (Four Weddings & A Funeral, Notting Hill, & more recently Paddington 2)   

Other notables include:
Charlie Hunnam (Sons Of Anarchy, Pacific Rim, & more recently King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword)
Colin Farrell (In Bruges, The Lobster, & more recently Dumbo)   

Director: Guy Ritchie (Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, & more recently Aladdin)   

Audiences Expect:
After reviving his career with the fun filled Aladdin live action reboot, following a disastrous King Arthur mockney romp, Guy Ritchie returns to what he knows best with cockney gangster tale, The Gentlemen.
The film sees wealthy crim Mickey Pearson, played by Matthew McConaughey, looking to get out of the game and sell his profit-making business – a series of marijuana plantations on the estates of the landed gentry.
Unfortunately when his rivals get wind of his plans, they sense weakness and an opportunity of getting something for nothing, or as close to that as possible – enter potential investor Mathew (Jeremy Strong), as well as Triad heavy Dry Eye (Henry Golding), and sleazy journo Fletcher, who is looking to blackmail Pearson through his deputy, Raymond (Charlie Hunnam).
Needless to say there are plenty of twists, turns, anecdotes, foul language, cockney rhyming slang, action, and fun thrown in. There are also fine performances all round, from Matthew McConaughey and Michelle Dockery, to Jeremy Strong and Charlie Hunnam, to Colin Farrell and Henry Golding, but the greatest fun to be had is by Hugh Grant, playing against type, amusingly given his recent campaigns, as a sleazy journo with an even sleazier voice.
Although not up there with his absolute best, The Gentlemen is a fun, fast-paced ride and a welcome return to the genre for Guy Ritchie, with some scintillating performances to boot.       

In A Nutshell:
Guy Ritchie returns to his roots, resulting in a good time had by all, most notably an unrecognisably unpleasant Hugh Grant.   

Highlight:
Hugh Grant having a ball as a sleazy journo
Guy Ritchie returning to what he knows and loves   

Lowpoint:
N/A


Certificate: 18

EDITOR’S CHOICE