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MOVIE REVIEW: The Gentlemen

3.5/5 A brutal crime movie with an interesting, twisting plot

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Release Date: 24 January 2020 (USA)
Studio: Mirimax/STX
Director: Guy Ritchie
Writer: Guy Ritchie
Official Site: https://www.thegentlemen.movie/
Rating: R
Running Time: 1h 53min
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam
Genre: Action, Crime
Base Score: 3.5 (Decent)

Review

I don’t much like crime movies. There’s just too much realistic violence now-a-days. Maybe I would like an old black-and-white crime film with loud bangs and over-acting. Now there’s just too much fake blood and language.

We live in a world where real crimes actually happen. We watch a film that contains content from last night’s news broadcast. I also don’t watch the news. Just ick.

But I’m a bit off track. Suffice it to say that I went into this film with reduced expectations. That is reflected in the base score. If you’re a fan of crime film, you can just give yourself a bonus .5 points. Are we all playing at home?

This movie has a gigantic star-studded cast. It’s like anybody who was anybody in Hollywood piled on. It was a modern-day Godfather (as far as casting). There were a lot of A-list stars. Above, I only listed two “stars,” but there were many here. Hugh Grant isn’t aging very well.

The plot twisted around. I figured it out by the end, but only slightly ahead of our protagonist (Charlie Hunnam). I consider him the main character of the movie, and not Matthew McConaughey, but it’s close.

I would have given it a better score if it was a little cleaner. The language and violence is rough. If this ever comes to TV with a clean version, definitely check it out!

Modifiers

Is it worth 3D, IMAX, or any other special viewing? If you like crime/action movies, check it out on the big screen. It will make the POWS! more intense.
Would I see it again? No, I saw it once. I know what happens. I’m good.
Should I rent it? Buy it? If you like crime/action movies, see it on the big screen. Otherwise, wait for video. No need to buy it. This is a one-and-done affair (it wouldn’t be the end of the world if you skipped it entirely).
Is it family safe? No, it is not. Think of The Sopranos. It is gritty and realistic. It’s not pretty. There is no nudity, but a bit of sexual suggestion. Language is rough, and the violence is heavy. I’ve seen and heard worse on screen, but it’s up there.
Did it have “the look?” No, it wasn’t a period piece. It was set in the UK, so it was unique, but it seemed like modern times.
Did it have “the feels?” It had a couple “huh!” moments as the plot unwound, but nothing triumphant here.

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