brian-mcgee - October 3, 2019
It seems that after directing Disney's live-action Aladdin, Guy Ritchie needed to get back to his roots and make a down and dirty gangster flick again in the form of The Gentlemen. An all-star cast is on hand to deliver that signature Guy Ritchie dialogue and many of them have even adopted funny voices for the movie.
You've got Hugh Grant doing a world class Michael Caine impression, Colin Farrell doing god knows what, and in a real stretch of his acting abilities, Matthew McConaughey playing a weed kingpin. Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery is here as well, along with Eddie Marsan, Henry Golding, Jeremy Strong, and Charlie Hunnam's also on hand, with glasses no less, trying to convince us he can play learned doctors too.
This is the sort of movie Ritchie used to be able to make in his sleep—and he did, in fact, make Revolver in his sleep. I dare you to tell me what that movie's about—and with a decent cast and some crackerjack dialogue and set pieces, this has the potential to rise above the norm. Has Guy Ritchie turned a corner and become a halfway decent filmmaker again? We'll find out when The Gentlemen opens January 24.