Once again, ignore the critics, as this film is much better than most are saying.
With The Gentlemen, Director Guy Ritchie revisits the strength displayed in his first two films, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) and Snatch (2000) which are widely profane and violent. However, The Gentlemen brings a sophisticated nastiness lacking in his first two films.
Here Matthew McConaughey plays Mickey Pearson, an American who has made a fortune growing and selling pot in England. Wanting to sell his enterprise to spend more time with his wife Rosalind, and who wouldn’t given that she is played with devilish appeal by Michelle Dockery, a crowd of thugs surface who are left dueling with each other to control the pot industry.
To be quite frank, I was lured to see this film given that it stars a bevy of fine actors. I was not disappointed as all of them are hiding secrets that I dare not give away.
To begin with, Charlie Hunnam is quietly cunning playing Ray, McConaughey’s assistant. Smart as the proverbial whip, he matches wits with Hugh Grant, playing out of character as a devious hustler who seeks to reveal the multiple plots engulfing our pot boys to his own advantage.
And then you have Eddie Marsan, Henry Golding, Jeremy Strong and Tom Wu, all playing cutthroats who will gladly kill each other to make a fortune. The dialogue embraces a profane English style that will leave you laughing even while you cringe.
But let me close with a reference to the enchanting performance by Colin Farrell. Playing a boxing coach known by that name, he repeatedly surfaces to aid McConaughey’s attempts to survive.
So ignore some pompous critics who found fault with character exchanges that they considered to be racially insensitive. These people are windbags, so see the film and let me know what you think.