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The Gentlemen (2020)

The Gentlemen (2020)


Matthew McConaughey
Charlie Hunnam
Henry Golding
Michelle Dockery
Colin Farrell
Hugh Grant

Directed by Guy Ritchie

The movie starts with one long exposition, like an essay which drags too long to state the reason for which the title implies. But when it finally gets the ball rolling around thirty minutes in, the movie brings back the old feeling of Guy Richie's style of movie making. This is not like his Sherlock Holmes or Aladdin style with so much colours. The movie goes back to his time in 1998 of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, but a far cry from how good that 1998 classic was.

When the movie does pick up, I found myself not liking the humor much, nor enjoying the lack of action, but found the intricate details to which he builds his story intresting.

He (Richie) tries very hard to leave no stones upturned and build his character Mickey (Matthew McConaughey) to be the bad ass he wanted to pass across in the movie. The person that captures the screen for me is not McConaughey, but Charlie Hunnam who plays Raymond. It was like he was built for the role and he made the movie far more bearable than the rest of the cast could.

The movie starts with an idea, making you wonder what led to such a situation. Then it leaves that thought lingering in your mind as it moves over to a man named Fletcher (Hugh Grant). Fletcher is not critical to the story to which this movie tells, he is more like a narrator. He approaches Raymond with a proposition, get me $20 Million or I will sell this story to the movies. He already had a script written and when Raymond looked like he was not biting, Fletcher decided to tell him the story to which he was going to sell to the film studio. It was this story (which Fletcher tells showing Raymond evidence of pictures and video recordings of the deals of Micky) with Raymond adding some corrections we get to watch.

The story is around the time when Mickey (a crime boss) wants to get out of the cannabis game. He approached a billionaire and proposes to sell his business to the man for nine figures (hundreds of million).
Other people who are also criminals also want in on the game and an offer too was made to Mickey.

Mickey turned the offer down, so as not to seem weak, but focuses on the person to which he has approached. Things in his business started to affect his plan to retire, when one of his cannabis farm gets hit, and the trail is not looking to promising. The problem further escalates when one of his men kills a Russian. Mickey is trying to handle all of this and lets not forget the pending thought the movie drops in the opening scene.
Mickey is now trying to resolve everything and just balance things out, aiming for his retirement.

This balancing act, is what this movie focuses on and how Raymond tries to not leave a mess about.

It is a good enough movie to recommend, but you have to do so with a warning, “not so great, but if you can survive the first thirty minutes, it is not so bad.”

The movie has good audience review on rotten tomatoes. The returns from the box office for this movie is a good tale for Matthew McConaughey whose movies have not been doing well lately in the box office.


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