The Gentlemen is certainly one of the most successful action comedies of recent years. The movie stars gangsters in the UK who fight to the sound of gunshots to divide up drug dealing in Great Britain. Despite being a comedy, the clever way of making the plot differing from the time of the story, the frequent twists and turns of protagonists, the action scenes and the presence of a cast which is acting masterfully make this film a sufficiently psychological action piece to be appreciated not only by movie buffs, but also by an audience looking for a valid diversion to spend a pleasant evening glued to the screen of a TV or a cinema.
The protagonist is Mickey Pearson, personified by Matthew McConaughey, a US-born gangster who built an empire based on the production and sale of marijuana in Great Britain. Upon reaching the age of 50, he is determined to retire by selling his marijuana factories to billionaire Matthew Berger. Before the deal is realized, a private investigator, played by the immense Hugh Grant, hired by the editor of a well-known newspaper, tries to blackmail Mickey Pearson’s right-hand man, Raymond, for the sum of £ 20 million, threatening to divulge to the press the shady deals of Pearson’s gang and their murders via a book called ‘Bush’. The interests of Chinese and Russian gangsters, intent on seizing the marijuana monopoly run by the Pearson’s family, also intertwined in the story.
The cast collected by director Guy Ritchie is quite exceptional, not only including Matthew McConaughey and Hugh Grant, but also Colin Farrell and Charlie Hunnam. As trivial as the story may seem, a fight to the death between gangsters for control of the marijuana trade, their interpretations make the film a true action thriller, imbued with a good dose of humour and lightness.
(Picture: Warner Bros.)