- By RICH ANDREW
- Photo Courtesy of MIRAMAX
His characters are charismatic. His dialogue rocks the screen. His movies slay at the box office. And with his latest caper comedy, director Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes) serves up all the fixings of a cult classic in the making, full of lock, stock, and two smoking barrels of slick cinematography and that signature British bent. The film is called The Gentlemen, and these chaps prove chivalry is at its best when it’s dead.
The story drops a drug trafficker smack dab in the center of a hostile takeover. Word on the streets of London is that dashing drug lord Mickey Pearson is ready to cash out his illustrious trade of that sweet Mary Jane that’s worth billions. But rather than force a bidding war, his potential buyers have more economical machinations in mind — soon friend and foe alike find themselves in the calculating crosshairs of bribery, blackmail, masterminding, and a lethal dose of bullets flying. In this world, Pearson may be kingpin, but it is Guy Ritchie who reigns supreme in crafting another bonafide blockbuster.
With an incomparable cast that includes superstars Matthew McConaughey (Serenity), Charlie Hunnam (Triple Frontier), Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey), Jeremy Strong (Succession), Colin Farrell (Widows), Henry Golding (Last Christmas), Jason Wong (Chimerica), Eddie Marsan (Ray Donovan), and Hugh Grant (A Very English Scandal), The Gentlemen sells itself on pure charm.
“The Gentlemen” hits theaters on January 24th.