Movie Review: The Gentlemen (2019)

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The Gentlemen (2020)

Released: January 24th, 2020

Genre: Crime, Comedy, Action

Director: Guy Ritchie

Writers: Guy Ritchie, Ivan Atkinson, Marn Davies

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Colin Farrell , Jeremy Strong

Opening Thoughts:

Going into 2020 I was all excited for a bunch of movies. (Little did I know!) One of the first to get my intrigued was The Gentlemen. Guy Ritchie has created some brilliant movies like Snatch (2000) and Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), but he’s made a lot of average films since. I was curious to see if he could recapture some of that old magic even for a little bit.

Plot:

A drug kingpin looking for his “out” of the business ends up having some difficulties with his final transaction.

Dislikes:

There is one scene in particular that feels really out of place in this film. (Spoiler warning- an attempted rape scene) I think it created an extremely unpleasant and needless situation that was very uncomfortable to watch. It is also a very tired trope. It wasn’t an element that added anything to the story or character. It felt sadistic and over the top.

A common complaint of many Ritchie films is that they are too long and this happens again. There is always an extra twist that often doesn’t feel needed. It is a twist or in this case, an additional storyline that is poorly developed. It feels like an add on that could have been part of a different film.

Likes:

When you watch a Guy Ritchie film, you know you are going to get solid performances from a collection of top-rated actors. Everyone does a wonderful job within this movie most notably Matthew McConaughey. However, I also very much enjoyed Colin Farrell and Charlie Hunnam’s characters as well! All around, a great cast!

The movie has a good sense of humor that is very much in sync with other Ritchie films. It understands what it is trying to be and never overreaches. The movie is at times violent, but there is always some kind of dark humor that follows close behind. That shift in tone can be jarring for some, but I found it made the film more enjoyable.

It may not be up to the level of Tarantino, but the dialog throughout the movie is very good. Ritchie feels like he is often mimicking Tarantino, but always with a twist.

Conclusion:

It isn’t Ritchie’s best film, but certainly not his worst. A decent crime-comedy to start of 2020. Aided by several great performances.

The Guy Ritchie Film Ladder:

Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

Snatch (2000)

Sherlock Holmes (2009)

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)

Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows (2011)

Aladdin (2019)

The Gentlemen (2019)

RocknRolla (2008)

Revolver (2005)

Swept Away (2002)