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BQB here with a review of “The Gentlemen.”
For a Gen Xer like me, this movie was fun. It’s got tones of 1990s style gangster flicks and why wouldn’t it? Guy Ritchie of “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” fame is at the helm.
Mickey Pearson (Matthey McConaughey) is an American who has, over the years, developed a multi-million marijuana running business in the UK. It seems odd that an American would obtain such a lucrative position in the British underworld, and ultimately, I think the powers that be just thought it would be cool for Matthew McC to be in this movie, but for whatever reason, didn’t want him to do a Brit accent, so they wrote him as an American.
Anyway, Mickey is ready to retire and wants to sell his ganja business for a whopping $400 million, believing that he needs to get out of the business before the UK legalizes weed. You’d think he’d want to stay in, but he fears all the illegal things he’s done in the name of his herb empire will catch up to him come time to apply for the various government licenses that would be needed to run a legal wacky terbacky business.
Long story short, when word gets around London that the weed king is stepping down from the throne, a veritable who’s who cast of d-bags step up, looking to bump Mickey off, squeeze him out, and/or cut him out of the game. Schemes, violence, death, destruction and murder all come together as ne’er-do-wells carry out all manner of underhanded plots, all in the name of becoming the next marijuana man.
Great performances from Matthew McC, Hugh Grant and others. I enjoyed Charlie Hunnam in Sons of Anarchy, but felt his appearances in other flicks have been largely wooden. Here, he shines in a memorable role as Pearson’s number two man.