There is no doubt that Guy Ritchie practically invented the modern Cockney-Mockney-London-Geezer style of film. Most people have an experience of London that involves the Changing Of The Guard at Buckingham Palace, waiting for Big Ben to bong while admiring the Houses Of Parliament then remortgaging their house to take the kids on the London Eye.
So when Guy Ritchie burst onto the scene out of nowhere 21 years ago with Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, audiences ate up his hyper-stylised take on some of London’s seediest districts and nastiest people.
He repeated the trick later with Snatch and RocknRolla before moving on to try his hand at other genres with varying success.
Now he’s back firmly into the crime and caper with comedy genre, with geezers double-crossing toerags left and right in The Gentleman.
Matthew McConaughey plays American ex-pat Mickey Pearson. After using his many years in London to build a highly profitable marijuana empire he decides he wants t cash out and walk away. This triggers plots and schemes as half of London’s underworld tries to muscle in on his business as he exits.
Colin Farrell, Charlie Hunnam, Hugh Grant, Henry Golding, Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Strong, Eddie Marsan, Lyne Renee, Chris Evangelou, Eugenia Kuzmina and Jason Wong co-star. Ritchie co-wrote the script with Marn Davies and Ivan Atkinson.
Ritchie most recently directed the live-action adaptation of Disney’s Aladdin, so this return to a genre he founded is a total change of pace.
The Gentleman opens January 24th 2020. SHUT IT, YOU SLAG!