Crime boss Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey) decides to sell his hugely lucrative business to American businessman Matthew (Jeremy Strong). Naturally, rumors of his departure are perceived as a sign of weakness by some competitors, and now a daring Asian mafia (Henry Golding) seeks to cause Mickey trouble, using complex schemes and sabotaging one of his marijuana farms. Neither Mickey nor his henchman Ray (Charlie Hunnam) are happy about such a turn and are trying to prevent a full-scale war and solve some minor life problems along the way.
Guy Ritchie began his film career as the author of stylish crime comedies about the everyday life of the inhabitants of London, and for this, he was called the "British Tarantino." The label is as clear as it is superficial, since Ritchie's further creative trajectory shows that he is generally interested in slightly different themes and genres.
In The Gentlemen, Richie again shows us a bunch of peculiar characters on the screen. Colin Farrell looks especially bright in the role of Coach, as well as Hugh Grant as a sneaky private detective. As for the main characters, McConaughey certainly looks great in the form of a cold-blooded, but ready to explode at any moment criminal genius.
The film makes us feel the style of early Richie, in which a twisted detective plot is first built layer by layer, so that in the finale, all the threads are finally untangled. There is also surprisingly little shooting here: apart from a couple of spectacular scenes, the characters mostly resolve their issues diplomatically, although there is always strength behind this gentleness, which Richie regularly reminds us of.
At the heart of The Gentlemen is a completely traditionally filmed and stylishly designed crime comedy, inhabited by vivid characters and with a kaleidoscope of spectacular scenes. It is the very Guy Ritchie, who, as it turns out, remembers well how he began his career in cinema.