Ritchie is clearly keen on ‘blockbuster’ style film making, but has proved that originality and individuality are still key to making even this type of film a success
Clearly, Guy Ritchie is merely the moniker for an autonomous group of wildly varied film makers, each taking it in turns with the big budget they get granted, because whoever made their last two features simply has to be someone entirely different to the creative-mind behind The Gentlemen. With Charlie Hunnam and Hugh Grant under each of his arms, Guy Ritchie is back. He might be stuck in the same mindset as he was ten years ago, but at least he’s proved he can make an excellently slick piece of film again.
Returning home to find old friend Fletcher (Hugh Grant), in his kitchen, Raymond (Charlie Hunnam) is slowly blackmailed into giving away information about his former boss Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey), unfolding the story of multiple gangs and encounters across London, as their paths cross in violent and volatile ways.
Leading the way with his self-written script, The Gentlemen is genuinely Ritchie back at his best after such a long stretch of mediocrity. Yet in no way should the quality of the film be pinned purely on his shoulders. Surrounded by a fantastic cast, Charlie Hunnam shows us why his stock is still rising in Hollywood’s often volatile market opposite an almost unrecognisable and impossibly excellent Hugh Grant, offering the story in a unique and tension-ridden style.
It’s funny and quirky, if a little predictable, but there’s an element of acceptance that needs to be taken with The Gentlemen. It’s trying to do the right thing (not necessarily morally because there’s questions about it’s modernisation and its understanding of an ever advancing world), in the sense of creating a great action film. Ritchie is clearly keen on ‘blockbuster’ style film making, but has proved that originality and individuality are still key to making even this type of film a success.
Without the cast performing as they do, The Gentlemen wouldn’t be half the film Ritchie will get credit for, but, this is absolutely a return to form for both his writing and directing ability. A genuine gem of an action film at a time when CGI rules the roost, and has done for far too long already.
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