Gangster movies to Guy Ritchie, just like Cubism to Picasso. After exploring other genres at Disney, the filmmaker returns to his first love with this London fairy tale. Did The Gentlemen live up to our expectations?
Guy Ritchie’s filmography has been characterized by honest success and few failures. After two cheerful Sherlock Holmes without transcendence, and the frankly forgotten Aladdin, the filmmaker returns to his first love: blow up and organized crime. Between Scam, Crime and Botany and Snatch, The Gentlemen is a hit and frankly enjoyable entertainment.
When Mickey Pearson, London’s drug lord, announced that he was thinking of withdrawing from the market, the British capital became the scene of war between several clans. The urban jungle was torn apart and yesterday’s allies became today’s enemies.
Plunging into the heart of a white-collar criminal organization, this is the bet Guy Ritchie is making for his new feature film. After Snatch, the director went back to basics and it was very effective. The narrative, so particular to Ritchie, hits the mark from the first moment and isn’t very long. The gentlemen managed to captivate us without getting lost in this maze of London stories. While certain scriptwriting shortcuts can sometimes spoil our understanding, Guy Ritchie is after us with a blessing thanks to a confrontational scene between Hugh Grant and Charlie Hunnam. Skilled, screenwriters juggle between different situations using flashbacks and flash-forwards. Film within film, The Gentlemen continues to break through the fourth wall and revel in genre codes. Ritchie’s sharp sense of rhythm allowed the feature film to establish itself in the director’s filmography.
Behind the camera, Guy Ritchie seems to be doing it right and is once again delivering a flagship feature film. The action scenes are very well choreographed, and make The Gentlemen the most successful film of a director’s career. Delivered by controlled photography, feature films are a feast for the retina. Sharp dialogue and use of punchlines, a hallmark of the genre, complete the director’s eleventh film masterpiece. The Gentlemen can also rely on British humor to get a little laugh from his audience. What’s more, Charlie Hunnam is no stranger to the success of this comic and the director finally paid tribute to the talent of the actor, who perfectly mastered the fighting game in a scene he shared with Hugh Grant.
With its Dantesque cast, The Gentlemen makes us rediscover the 7th monument of art. Hugh Grant plays here as a crooked journalist who leads the story with an expert hand. The British actor, more accustomed to romantic comedies than action films, reinvents himself in shrill and humorous roles. Matthew McConaughey, whose talent is well established, shines in the role of a drug lord, desperate to sell his thriving business. Finally, Michelle Dockery managed to win against this male-dominated cast and give this testosterone-filled story a whole new dimension.
We’ll also highlight Chris Benstead’s work on his original music, which seems to take inspiration from western music. The film can also rely on a quality soundtrack, oscillating between British rock and American bluegrass, to perfect the performance of a crime-ridden film.
Guy Ritchie can boast of updating his filmography, with a feature film that lived up to our expectations. The Gentlemen makes you forget the director’s latest joke and after two hours of filming, we wanted more. Unlike fine whiskey, The Gentlemen is drunk indefinitely.