Guy Ritchie is a director who could be very hit or miss. Credit to the man who tries to step out of his element but the results of those ventures don’t always pan out the way audiences would like it. After some roadblocks with King Auther and Aladdin, Ritchie returns full gear with his latest project The Gentleman which is not to be confused with the Kingsman’s prequel…whoever did the poster for this film should have been more creative.
Presented as a story within a story, Ritchie’s knack for colorful and sometimes over the top characters are in full display as the man once again knocks the world of the British criminal underbelly out of the park. The film presents Matthew McConaughey as a suave American gangster in England, Mickey Pearson who is trying to sell his multi-million dollar marijuana empire to a cunning buyer and get out of the business for good. But pressure from outside entities makes it a near-impossible task as he relies on his right-hand man Raymond (Charlie Hunnam) to figure out who has it out for him. Raymond, however, seems to have his own pest in a shady private investigator who is trying to sell their story for a price.
The Gentlemen combines good acting, good writing, and great characters to tell a riveting story that keeps you guessing until the end. The film is a well-paced adventure that gives the audiences the satisfaction of a cinematic roller coaster that doesn’t disappoint when it ends. The only true sore spot here is the blatant overuse of the word ‘cunt’, no to complaining about a film being too vulgar but it does get to a point where you start to take away from the positives that film presents.
The Gentleman is as colorful as it is ridiculous and that is what makes it one of the most unique and enjoyable films of the early year.