A wealthy drug lord tries to sell his lucrative business,
only to incur the wrath of several other interested parties.
The Gentlemen (2020)
Written and Directed by Guy Ritchie
Starring Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam,
Henry Golding, Hugh Grant, Michelle Dockery,
Colin Farrell, Eddie Marsan, Jeremy Strong
Guy Ritchie is, without a doubt, the king of British gangster flicks. From Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels to Snatch to The Gentlemen, he weaves an intricate story using witty dialogue and unforgettable characters like no other. After straying from his signature style with The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Aladdin, it was so refreshing to see him return to form with this hilarious, unpredictable, star-studded gangster comedy. It was a great way to start out 2020 and to a greater extent, the new decade of film.
Like his other gangster films, we follow an ensemble. Powerful drug lord Mickey Pearson (McConaughey), his right hand man Ray (Hunnam), rival psychotic gangster Dry Eye (Golding), Mickey's strong-willed wife Rosalind (Dockery), shady blackmailer Fletcher (Grant), and Irish small-timer Coach (Farrell), among others. Everyone is absolutely flawless, particularly Hunnam, Grant, and Farrell. It was cool to see these guys play against type and round out a fantastic set of characters. When Mickey's marijuana empire is threatened, he sets out to find who's responsible and put them down for good. Along the way, shit goes sideways repeatedly as Fletcher tells his version of events in perfect cinematic fashion. It'll make sense, trust me.
The Gentlemen will certainly be a film that gets added to my rotation. I can already tell it will be endlessly rewatchable and will make me laugh harder every time I see it. Any fan of Guy Ritchie's will absolutely love this film and I couldn't recommend it enough to newcomers, who will learn exactly what they need to about this versatile yet familiar underrated filmmaker.