An American Drug Lord in London

“The Gentlemen” was written and directed by Guy Ritchie and about a smart, underprivileged American named Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey) who got admitted into Oxford College. During this time, he built a drug empire where he became one of the wealthiest men in the United Kingdom, and had a table with the top Lords & Ladies in the country.

Eventually, Mickey decided that retirement sounded nice, so he planned to get out of “the game” when he sold his operation that would become legal within the next ten years to another wealthy lord at the table who had cleaner hands.

This film jumped from plot point to plot point at a high speed, and only stopped to clarifyand correct itself like many of Guy Ritchie’s work. The dark humor added to his style and worked well like peanut butter and chocolate where he balanced hardened criminals and playful banter towards perfection. Ritchie made these characters feel real and connected.

He also made an interesting use of camera styles throughout the movie. Sometimes it was made to look old and grainy like an analog film, but then in a later scene it was made to look HD, high definition, like a rap music video.

The contrasts were a great show of juxtaposition for the scenes that took place. The story was mostly told through flashbacks but that kept the audience unaware of the incoming twists and turns. This movie seemed to carry the message that you reap what you sow, a lot of the other characters wanted to make a buck off of Mickey and for many it did not end well.

If you are looking for a movie that has narration of fun story telling while also filled with nonstop action, fast cars to guns, and pretty girls then this movie’s for you. “The Gentlemen” proves it has it all when it can keep you eager for the next story point and filled with just pure entertainment.


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