The Gentlemen is a super fun cockney crime caper playing to Richie’s undeniable strengths. Now I don’t think Guy Richie has made a decent film since 2008’s RocknRolla, so it’s a pleasant surprise I can say, Guy Richie is back baby!
I had an absolute blast with The Gentlemen. Some wonderful performances, especially from Hunnam and Farrell. Charlie Hunnam was a big surprise for me here, giving the best performance in a great ensemble. McConaughey is fine and Hugh Grant didn’t quite work for me. He was having a lot of fun with the character, but it didn’t sit quite right with me. It could go either way.
The movie does start off a tad slow and a bit clunky, with Hugh Grant’s character just setting up the story, but when it gets going it’s a cracker. Getting back to his roots, Richie injects heaps of laughs, loads of swearing, and a nice splattering of violence throughout. It’s a pick and mix of Lock Stock and RocknRolla. There’s some great music and action pieces and there’s a couple of scenes that are honestly up there with Guy Richie’s best. Namely a hip hop video and a scene in a council flat where you really get to see Hunnam at top level.
I highly recommend this. I wasn’t expecting too much and ended up loving it, and if you loved RocknRolla you should love this!