The Gentlemen - The Return of Guy Ritchie's to the Gangster Movie
The Collaboration of Matthew McConaughey and Guy Ritchie in a gangster blockbuster!
Good things come to those who wait. That's what they might call a new movie by British director icon - Guy Ritchie. As much as the critics make a noise of the new Ritchie film being racist, sexist, antisemitic, The Gentleman is a step forward in directors rich career!
The king of marijuana in England, Mickey Pearson, is retiring and selling business!
The film follows a story of an American citizen and the greatest king of marijuana in England, Mickey Pearson - starring Matthew McConaughey- that estimated that he should retire from the 'business' with the weed. His gangster profile has little chance of surviving soon. Mickey is smart enough to know that. He is collecting offers and his currently best bidder, is the countryman and a Jewish scammer Matthew Berger, starring Jeremy Strong. Soon there is also the local thug Dry Eye - starring Henry Golding- who works for China's great crime boss Lord Geroge, that decides to join the game.
Most of the story is told from the perspective of a newspaper investigator Fletcher - starring Hugh Grant. He seeks to extract £ 20m in blackmail from Raymond Smith's pocket - starring Charlie Hunnam of SOA, Mickey Pearson's conciliator. Slimy Fletcher has collected the footage, the data, and somehow concludes the story. But neither he nor we who watch the film see the whole.
This is where Guy Ritchie is the strongest. Quick frame change, word flow, and non-linear action. Ritchie is a stop-action master. In the first scene of the movie, we see a killer sneaking up on Mickey in a cafe. Freeze frame - a bloody glass of beer stands by Mickey. Of course, we think that the movie revolves from the end to the beginning. But is that right? The same shots are repeated several times during the movie. The same scene, after the time jumps, we see from another angle. Then they get a whole different meaning. So well and often does Ritchie do it, that you can no longer believe what you see!
Colin Farrell and Hugh Grant did a great job in their roles.
The great value of this movie is a fascinating casting. One of the supporting roles is played by Colin Farrell. He takes the role of an odd guy -Coach, who has to pay back his debt to Smith, jump into the game when Mickey is most needed. Farrel as usually rules the screen whenever he shows up! Hugh Grant's in a role of Flecher is something we're certainly not used to this from the British golden boy. He has excelled in this role, that many already consider best in his career.
By this being said Matthew McConaughey is still the axis of this movie. It's hard for me to praise an actor whose films I don't miss. Here's that old, 'normal' McConaughey. So there is no ugly moustache and 30 kg less than normal body weight. Here's a fine, handsome man in his best years. Smooth when needed, explosive when the situation demands. He is the highest value to every film he appears in, and so is this film.
Guy Ritchie is back to what's best for him - a British gangster movie!
Not only did Ritchie return as a director. He also returned as a story writer, screenwriter, and producer. He keeps everything under control. He left the music cleverly to Christopher Benstead, winner of 2013 Oscar - for movie Gravity. With cameraman Alan Stewart, as well as actor Charlie Hunnam, he collaborated on King Arthur. Stewart worked on Ready Player One, and Into The Woods (Meryl Streep). An experienced team at the box office chase make 115 million over the 20 million invested. If it wasn't for the virus corona, it would have been much better.