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The Gentlemen

Published April 27, 2020

The Gentlemen

Film info

  • Title The Gentlemen
  • Director Guy Ritchie
  • Year 2019
  • Run time 1hr 53m
  • Genres Action, Crime, Comedy
  • Tagline Criminal. Class.

The Gentlemen follows American expat Mickey Pearson who built a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. When word gets out that he's looking to cash out of the business forever it triggers plots, schemes, bribery and blackmail in an attempt to steal his domain out from under him.

Live blog

Time Comment
1:03 Even the concept of a pickled egg freaks me out.
4:04 There is such a skill in making an opening credits sequence not boring.
6:45 £1500 on a bottle of Scotch!
8:10 Micky Pearce!
10:01 I could legit watch a movie that was just Hugh Grant stood in a room telling the story.
16:46 I mean, I like the footpaths myself but he’s not wrong.
19:27 Secret bunker!!
24:52 That car appears to be every single colour.
30:42 “Everyone knows that the way to a man’s heart is through his wife.”
34:31 Oh yea, that well-known Lion and Dragon fable.
42:02 “There’s fuckery afoot.”
51:11 I like his calm voice… that little anomaly.
1:02:09 Took his eyes off the car, and then his eyes were basically embedded in the car door.
1:07:33 “Alright, Phuq, calm the phuq down.”
1:16:01 Hugh Grant is incredz in this.
1:20:53 The seatbelt bit is very cute.
1:31:23 Colin’s accent is so, so, so Irish, it’s incredible.
1:36:08 400m to 100m is a heck of a drop.
1:44:35 Twists upon twists. Love it.

Thoughts

I wasn’t expecting to like this. In my head, I feel like I’ve had mixed responses to Guy Ritchie’s gangster-style work and I wasn’t sure this was going to be any good. I was so wrong. I loved it! Hugh Grant is incredible in this, slimy and sneaky, but bouncing so well off Charlie Hunnam’s implacable, quiet and stern character.

Between them, they’re telling the story of all these shady characters and business-people screwing each other over, and it’s firstly a great way to show the action and secondly, a very interesting story. I like the way it dips back and forth, filling in the gaps until you’re up to date for the big showdown.

My only real complaint is the volume of swearing - that particular word isn’t a favourite and although you can get away with it once or twice, it just didn’t seem realistic to be uttered quite so much in so short a space of time.

Rating: 5 / 5

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