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‘The Gentlemen’ Review: Boys Will Be Boys In Guy Ritchie’s London

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Guy Ritchie‘s filmography is a fairly unique one. All but one of his eleven feature films falls into one of two categories — he makes gangster “comedies” and IP studio pictures. (He also made Swept Away in 2002, but the less said about that remake the better.) The former consists of four movies of varying quality from the highs of Snatch (2000) to the lows of Revolver (2005), while the latter began with Sherlock Holmes (2009) and led to Ritchie’s first billion $ grosser with last year’s Aladdin. His latest is a return to those smaller films, and while the cast is among his strongest, The Gentlemen still lands around the middle of the pack.

Raymond (Charlie Hunnam) is right-hand man to the UK’s biggest weed dealer and most well-dressed gangster, Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey), but when he gets home late one night it’s a sleazebag “journalist” named Fletcher (Hugh Grant) who’s waiting for him. Fletcher has a story he’s ready to sell to the highest bidder involving Mickey, drugs, violence, and more, and as we watch that story unfold it serves as an introduction to all manner of creeps, crooks, and well-tailored bad guys. Death and double-crosses go hand in hand, but even as Fletcher’s tale ends there’s more of both on........

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