The Gentlemen (2019) - USA / UK
Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)
Few directors can frame a film with such fascinating dialogue and plenty of gentlemen on display within a crime drama thriller than Guy Ritchie. “The Gentlemen” is easily one of the more entertaining film of the year and possesses the innate quality that one expect these kind of films to be simply cool with plenty of gun shots in between. What I enjoyed about this film, is the rapid fun and constantly shifting of time and space that actually enhanced the film and tension within.
Matthew McConaughey produces his most charismatic role to date and furthering Asian representation is Henry Golding, whose performance is a perfect showcase for the next James Bond audition role. Colin Farrell reminds you of what he is capable of back in the 2000s and Charlie Hunnam shines as McConaughey’s right hand man. In fact the whole ensemble cast elevated this film beyond its genre conventions and one look at Hugh Grant’s character makes it simply memorable and unique. As with most Guy Richie’s the female presence is light, but Michelle Dockery more than fills the void with a strong display as McConaughey‘s wife.
All in all, “The Gentlemen” is a thoroughly entertaining film from start to finish. With clever dialogue, excellent framing and editing to boot, this is easily the most entertaining gangster crime bad comedy of the year. Each murder scene is carefully curated and each character are breathtakingly interesting to watch as they are uniquely portrayed. It’s one of those film that stays with you as much as the twists and turns as the memorable characters on display. Great to see Guy Ritchie in fine form.
I rated it 8.5/10