If you are a grownup and enjoy a good movie, you will want to watch “The Gentlemen”, a snappy, not-for-the-faint-heart, gangster movie, written and directed by Guy Ritchie. A movie that will sure keep you guessing, will definitely win over some new converts of Ritchie’s films, and even appeal to fans of Tarantino’s as well. In short, and extremely Guy Ritchie movie with an all-star cast.
THE PLOT : WONDERFUL
Ray (Charlie Hunnam) arrives home to find private investigator Fletcher (Hugh Grant) sitting in his house. Fletcher more or less forces Ray to listen to his screenplay, even going as far as demanding Ray to read lines with him. It turns out that slimy Fletcher has been keeping a close eye – and camera – on the doing of suave, ruthless American expat Mickey (Matthew McConaughey), Ray’s boss, who seems to have a hand in all the weed sales in England. The happily-married Mickey wants to sell his illegal marijuana empire in order to continue a life of leisure, but it so happens that not all his connections are friends, so it ignites a wave of offers, double crosses and violence involving tons of shady characters.
THE CHARACTERS : STELLAR
Age is doing Hugh Grant some good for his career. By moving into another age bracket a couple years ago, Grant has also moved out of his affable, self-deprecating status of leading man, to rise to a formidable character actor, hence broadening his options. In The Gentlemen, this new dimension is fully taken advantage of, and creates a thrilling character. Though most of his performance is a long monologue, we are riveted by him ! With his goatee, thick glasses and Cockney accent, he is singularly entertaining and acts as his own gravitational force.
Matthew McConaughey is highly enjoyable as Mickey: intense, calculating, and a tidbit manic. All along the movie, you never know how long his fuse is.
Charlie Hunnam is endlessly watchable with his owlish glasses, and very convincing as the wily lieutenant to Mickey Pearson, a mild-mannered, sometimes scrupulous man who almost looks like a clerk, till you see him in action. He can then be terrifying.
Colin Farrell‘s supporting role as a kind-hearted, two-fisted boxing, tartan track-suited coach is also a cleverly-written character. A wild spirit who keeps insisting he’s not a gangster, although he behaves constantly in gangster-ish ways.