The Gentlemen is in theaters on January 24th, 2020.
Walking into the theater to see The Gentlemen, I’ll admit I had low expectations. I didn’t know a lot
about this movie other than Matthew McConaughey was in it as some sort of drug dealer and Charlie
Hunnam also played a role. Watching the credits, I was pleasantly surprised to then learn that Guy
Ritchie was directing. I enjoyed the Sherlock Holmes movies he directed and was hoping this movie
would be as clever…And it was!
The Gentlemen sees Matthew McConaughey playing Mickey Pearson, an American ex-pat in the underground marijuana business in London. Running an empire, he relies on his right-hand man Ray, played expertly by Charlie Hunnam, as his fixer. When Mickey contemplates cashing out his business, word gets out and sets in motion a range of plots and schemes from those trying to take over his fortune. What ensues from this decision is a lot of wild, crazy plot twists. Every scene had me anxious to know who knew what and who was double-crossing who. There were so many things going on, I never knew who to trust.
I will say I was absolutely floored with Hugh Grant’s role in The Gentlemen. I’m so used to seeing him in iconic rom coms like Love Actually and Notting Hill, but he plays a gritty private investigator out for the biggest paycheck and he was great. I’d love to see more of these serious roles for him and absolutely loved his character, Fletcher. I’m happy that I came into this movie with little knowledge beforehand, because it allowed me to form my own opinions free of bias and I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. The only thing I struggled with, and I felt the same way about Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes movies, is the dialogue. These movies are SO British, for lack of a better term, that there were honestly times where I genuinely could not understand what the characters were saying. Between the heavy accents and British phrases, some of it went over my head. But it didn’t really deter me from enjoying the movie! Ladies – this movie did not disappoint, there were quite a few beautiful men to look at. Men – there was just the right amount of action and violence to keep things moving. Highly recommend going out to see The Gentlemen!
Rating: 4.3 out of 5
Lauren Gallagher (Contributor) is born and raised in South Jersey. When she isn’t yelling at Philly sports teams on the TV, she enjoys seeing the latest action films and true crime documentaries.
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