The Gentleman (2019)

★★★★★ | by

Posted on Feb 24, 2021

© Miramax | Christopher Raphael


Mickey Pearson is an American expatriate who became rich by building a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. When word gets out that he’s looking to cash out of the business, it soon triggers an array of plots and schemes — including bribery and blackmail — from shady characters who want to steal his domain.

This film had everything and more for me, quick dialogue, modern day wit, action and layers and layers of plot that pulls you in quicker than fackin’ quicksand (apologies still fully invested).

The film begins with an infamous Guy Ritchie plot twist, intertwined with recollections of past events. I fell for the inevitable Guy Ritchie charm. Proceeding to read into everything that happens and when it doesn’t happen, reading into that as well. Michael Pearson (Matthew McConaughey) ordering a pint and a pickle egg a minute into the film provides insight to how the humour is going to roll and is as always, the perfect distraction.

The main storyline unfolds around Fletcher (Hugh Grant) spinning a tale to Ray (Charlie Hunnam) containing snippets and intimate details of drug lords, actual lords and gangsters. Personally I thought the dynamic between the two was beautifully acted out. I found myself looking forward to the scenes that would circle back to the pair’s narrative of the plot.

The cast was phenomenal. With special mentions for Rosalind Pearson (Michelle Dockery) who had a knack for making the only leading female character, cool, powerful, calm and collected. Considering Rosalind didn’t have as much air time or dialogue as others, she was certainly memorable. Speaking of memorable, Coach (Colin Farrell) performs a scene in a chippy (fish and chip shop for those that don’t know) which would have anybody laughing out loud. I was also pleasantly surprised by Henry Golding’s role of ‘Dry Eye’. I’ve only ever witnessed him in chick flicks, and I did assume that this would be a bit of a risk, to what is an incredible cast, but he did in fact play the douchey, immature gangster expertly.

I can see people potentially arguing the 5 star status, but like many of the greats, once reflected on in time, comes appreciation. This is a clever film and in my opinion one of Guy Ritchie’s greats (behind Snatch of course), I’m surprised that a lot of the critics didn’t think the same! Super random… but why am I left feeling that Charlie Hunnam is the coolest man alive? Who agrees with me?

Oh, don’t be cunty


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