The Gentlemen (English) Movie will arrive on 24 January which will take an exciting turn is viewers
A reset was called for; slick studio tentpole projects beckoned, ranging from a snazzy “Man from U.N.C.L.E.” revival to an impersonal but profitable turn in the Disney stable with “Aladdin.” It’s a second phase that has bought enough goodwill for Ritchie to don his tweed auteur flat cap once more.
Now he’s back on home turf. Mobile phones and social media feature in the labyrinthine plot, half the characters have straggly beards, and Bugzy Malone does some rapping, but in every other respect “The Gentlemen” smacks of the 1990s.
It even includes a shot beloved of Tarantino wannabes everywhere — a couple of guys peering into the boot of a car, as seen by the poor sap who has been stuffed inside. To cite another example of the film’s retro sensibility, Hugh Grant plays Fletcher, a grubby private investigator who works for a tabloid newspaper edited by the frothing Big Dave (Eddie Marsan). In real life, Grant is a prominent campaigner against press misconduct, phone-hacking in particular.
The Gentlemen Miles Morales is juggling his life between being a high school student and being Spider-Man. A feature which is as a light on surprises as it is on profanity-free banter — swearing seems to have been mistaken for humorous swagger — The Gentlemen’s biggest risk stems from its storytelling gimmick. Linear narratives have rarely appealed to Ritchie, so here the bulk of the story is relayed by scotch-swilling, cockney-accented private detective Fletcher (Grant) to enforcer Ray (Hunnam).
Spinning a yarn about ex-Rhodes Scholar-turned-marijuana kingpin Mickey Pearson (McConaughey), who is spoiling to sell his lucrative British empire to American compatriot Mathew (Jeremy Strong), Fletcher tells the tale as if he’s reading a screenplay. In fact, he has also written one.
He plays someone named Cannabis Kingpin Mathew, per IMDb, which was definitely one of Kendall’s alter-egos in his druggier days. Also, let this be your reminder that even though the Succession cast is full of Secretly British and Australian People (including Tom Wamsgans and Shiv).