The Gentlemen

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The cast of The Gentlemen.
The cast of The Gentlemen.
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4/5 Stars


American expat Mickey Pearson 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.


(Warning: This review contains strong language)

The picturesque British countryside with its century-old mansions plays backdrop to dapper gents dressed in tweed roaming the fields in Land Rovers. Hunting season means flat caps, leather boots, and expensive cigars.

But underneath the rolling hills, meadows, and the rural landscape is a hidden beast that grows wilder by the day and starts getting the wrong kind of attention that causes a bit of a ruckus in the quaint countryside.

It’s here that the worlds of wagyu and whiskey meet weed. Birdwatching meets boxing and blunts. Pâté meets parkour.

The Gentlemen sees director Guy Ritchie do what he does best - like in the Snatch days of his career with Brad Pitt and Benicio del Toro.

This time around he roped in American heavyweight Matthew McConaughey (Mickey Pearson), English actor Hugh Grant (Fletcher), bad boy Colin Farrell (Coach), and hunky Henry Golding (Dry Eye). Together the lads might wreak havoc as bullets fly and corpses pile up, but its ultimately Michelle Dockery (Rosalind Pearson) that rules the roost and grips the sceptre by the ball.

I’ve always been a Guy fan, barring Swept Away. Yes, I even loved King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. was on my list of top films the year it was released.

With his latest offering, the 51-year old director returns to his London criminal underworld cinematic roots but mixes it with a boatload of sophistication and grandeur. His palate might have become a wee bit more sophisticated, but he still has a taste for some good old fish and chips.

Guy loves to get dirty but always with a classy touch. He’s got the whole rebel meets gentleman narrative nailed, and I absolutely love that about his work. He’s unapologetic, rough around the edges, sophisticated, but also sloppy. His characters might be dressed in fancy suits, coats, and cravats, but that doesn’t stop them from getting all drenched in blood and mud.

Fans of Guy’s previous work will find delight in this carefully curated offering, whilst his critics will take a stab at his unapologetic crassness. Love him it or hate it, doesn’t matter and that’s the whole fucking point.


Watch The Gentlemen Sunday at 21:45 on M-Net (DStv 101)

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