Chivalry is Not Dead in The Gentlemen

The Stream: The storytelling gets old and in a way is distracting to the movie.

The Big Screen: The cast, writing, and comedy are great.

The Final Bill: Guy Ritchie put together a very good script and cast that surely will entertain you for almost two hours.

-S2S: Movie Review

Director: Guy Ritchie
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Colin Farrell, Hugh Grant, Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding, Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Strong, Eddie Marsan
Runtime: 1 hour and 46 minutes
Genre: Action, Crime, Comedy
Rating: R (violence, slight language)
Notable Trailers: The Invisible Man, The Way Back, My Spy, Brahms: The Boy 2, Lovebirds

Welcome back, old chaps! Stream to Big Screen brings to you this weekend a review of The Gentlemen. Opening in theaters on January 24, 2020, this film brings us a star-studded cast, Matthew McConaughey (as Mickey Pearson), Colin Farrell, Hugh Grant, Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding, and Michelle Dockery. Writer/Director Guy Ritchie created The Gentlemen, which follows American expat, retiring marijuana kingpin, Mickey Pearson, in London. Word gets out that Mickey’s looking to cash out and let the hostile takeover plots ensue. So let’s get to it.

This movie is very similar to many crime boss movies we’ve seen, but Guy Ritchie definitely puts a new spin on this genre. This movie is intelligent, witty, and crisp and, more importantly, it has a great cast. Everyone in this star-studded ensemble does such a great job. No really, everyone does such a great job, I don’t know whether to attribute it to the acting or the writing. Let’s start with Matt McCon. Of course, he gives you his typical self and if you like him this won’t change your mind. I’ve given in and now attribute much of what Mickey good to the writing. Hugh Grant absolutely steals the movie. In fact, one could argue he’s the lead actor. I’ve landed on Hugh’s acting enhanced every one of his lines. I’ll spare you the rest, but each actor/actress jumps off the screen at one point in time or throughout. Kudos to both Guy Ritchie and the cast as a whole. The comedy hits sharply, most times, the intensity and emotionality of the film do as well.

On top of each character’s performance, the action is entertaining. Actually, I wish there was more action throughout the movie, but there’s no moment of the movie that lacks intrigue. The story is told from one character’s point of view. I found that this was both a gift and a curse of the movie overall. In fact, this stylistic approach in storytelling is the only thing that makes me doubt The Gentlemen. I know some viewers will love the storytelling and others not so much. Even I found myself tiring of this feature, I understand how Guy Ritchie couldn’t part with it; and I recognize that the storytelling was so detailed and hilarious at times.

S2S: Official Rating Scale

I must admit due to the storytelling this movie had me torn. The best way to describe this movie is theater fresh. I’m conflicted over the rating because I know half of the people won’t be upset with night time price and the other half would be better served by the matinee. If you like the gangster, crime boss movies and comedy you can’t go wrong. The Gentlemen’s cast definitely is worth eating popcorn in theater but how much popcorn is up to you.

Half and Half