the gentlemen movie review - Aussieboyreviews


There isn’t a ton of action, but Guy Ritchie’s film is loaded with guns, language, drinks, money and great humour. The Gentlemen feels like a very refreshing and inventive movie, although it definitely requires subtitles and a second viewing.


When a rich American expat tries to put his profitable marijuana empire on sale and retire, he triggers plots, bribery and blackmail from greedy characters who want to steal his business.

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Movie details

Director: Guy Ritchie
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Colin Farrell, Hugh Grant, Michelle Dockery, Henry Golding,  Jeremy Strong, Eddie Marsan
Writer: Guy Ritchie
Release Date (Australia): 1 January 2020
Runtime: 113 minutes/1h 53m
Genre: Crime, Action, Comedy
Country: UK, USA
Language: English, Russian, Spanish


Themes (M)

The film contains themes including murder, drug dealing, drug overdose, blackmail and a man implicitly performing sexual acts on a pig.

Violence (M)

The film contains scenes of violence in the form of beatings and several shootings that are occasionally accompanied by spatters of blood.

Coarse Language (MA15+)

The film contains frequent “f**k” and “c**t” language.

Drug Use (M)

The film contains references to drugs and drug dealing, as well as depictions of people smoking marijuana joints and heroin being prepared.

Sex (M)

The film includes crude verbal sexual references, a depiction of a woman groping a man’s crotch and a scene in which it is implied that a man performed sexual acts on a pig.

mpaa rating

R (for violence, language throughout, sexual references and drug content)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Guy Ritchie’s return to the crime genre is loaded with guns, money, drinks, profanity and style, although it probably requires a viewing with subtitles and possibly more than one viewing. If you manage to not get caught up in the convoluted and often very slow storytelling, you’ll find that The Gentlemen is a highly entertaining and funny crime-comedy, with a perfect shortage of action that mainly consists of gunfire anyway, well-written dialogue and extremely memorable characters.

The brief scene that follows after the production logos and makes space before the delightfully-done opening credits sequence demonstrates the cinematography and lifelike picture quality that remains present throughout the entirety of the film. This is a fun, popcorn-worthy cinema movie that audiences shouldn’t be taking too seriously, but it’s also a gorgeous, golden-age visual performance deserving of a nomination for Academy Award for Best Cinematography. “Because it is cinema; it’s beautiful, beautiful cinema”.

And due to all the unique writing of the lines, the splendid performances and the fashionable clothing they each wear, the greatest thing about The Gentlemen is each of the characters, who are sarcastically referred to in the title. Hugh Grant gives his most distinctive performance, Colin Farrell is just hilarious, Charlie Hunnam is the coolest of them all, Michelle Dockery provides us with a badass female star and Matthew McConaughey is an effortlessly brilliant protagonist. Each of them have their funny moments, cool scenes or more throughout the film.

To be clever and unique, the story of a rich American expat trying to sell his profitable marijuana empire is told through a modest little screenplay written by one of the characters, but this is a love-or-hate deal. Sometimes, the story can be a little confusing, where you’re not quite sure how to make of what events are real and when they occur, and for others, it will be extremely boring. But if your brain can work out with this task and understand what’s going on, you’ll likely find The Gentlemen a very entertaining Guy Ritchie movie (recommended with subtitles).

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