By Ian Crow

‘The Gentlemen’ is the new British gangster movie by Guy Ritchie. Known for his previous British gangster movies with the likes of ‘Snatch’, ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’ and ‘Rock’n’Rolla’, Ritchie returns to a genre he knows best after a short period of rest from his standard type of movie making. His new film, which is also written by Ritchie centres on Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey). The American living in Britain, making and selling Marijuana is his sole business and wants to sell his empire so that he can retire. Talk of his desire to sell his drug business, some dodgy characters come sniffing around Mickey and decide to try and take it. If you’re familiar with Ritchie’s work of past, you will know it isn’t that straight forward. Expect to me thrown multiple story curveballs and most importantly, you cannot trust any character and no one is safe.

Packed with a great cast including, McConaughey, Hugh Grant, Colin Farrell, Charlie Hunnam, Eddie Marsan, Michelle Dockerty, Henry Golding and Jeremy Strong, there is no denying that this film does not lack talent. What ‘The Gentlemen’ seems to do well is not mixed all the characters together at the same time. Ritchie manages to mix and match the characters at the right moment, almost like pairing them up as the film goes on. For example, the majority of the movie, Hunnam is with Grant and McConaughey weaves through different characters. What we liked about this is that the screen always feels fresh. There doesn’t seem to be much repetition of the same characters talking to each other all the time. What can be annoying, and again, this is typical of Guy Ritchie movies, is the excessive use of profanity and over doing of Cockney gangster accents. Then again, this is a Guy Ritchie film so it’s to be expected but should we just say it’s okay because it’s what we expect?

We hate to say it, because we really weren’t expecting this outcome, but we enjoyed this. There wasn’t much interest to watch this at all, we did this because of you beautiful people. But we are glad that we have seen it. We took it with a pinch of salt and just allowed ourselves to become fully immersed in some terribly average acting but some clever story telling allowed us to brush away the negativity of the film. It’s not Ritchie’s best gangster movie, it’s not going to be the best film you’ll see this year but what we can guarantee is that you will definitely get a few laughs from Colin Farrell as you would expect and to be entertained throughout. What more can you ask for?

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