One wretched American, from his student years, had been selling drugs, and now he came up with a scheme of illegal enrichment using the estates of an impoverished English aristocracy, and he got very good at this. Another sneaky journalist comes to Ray, the Americans right hand, and offers to buy a movie script that details his bossÂs crimes with the participation of other representatives of the London criminal world – a Jewish partner, the Chinese diaspora, black athletes and even the Russian oligarch.
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“Gentlemen” is a crime comedy-action film from the recognized master of the genre Guy Ritchie. The plot of the film is presented as a story in a story. One of the heroes of the film, in all seriousness, wrote a whole script based on the events he saw. In fact, in real time we observe only 10% of the tape. Everything else is a kind of imagination game of dialogue participants. This is based on some sudden and interesting twists, when the heroes themselves admit that they simply invented some kind of scene.
Nevertheless, there is a story in the film – a story rich in events, twisted and artfully intertwined. All in the spirit of the good old Guy Ritchie. From this point of view, cinema is an ideological (and stylistic) continuation of his debut works ÂCards, money, two trunks and ÂBig jackpot. And ÂGentlemen succeeded so well that now itÂs not even clear which of these three films is the best.
The story, despite its versatility, still rests not on sudden plot twists (and there are plenty of them), but on heroes. The characters of the film, again in the spirit of the classic Richie, worked out to the smallest detail. Each of them is colorful in its own way, unusual, with its own unique details and character traits. All are remembered without exception. And the coolest heroes are those who, it would seem, appear in only a few scenes. Strength and coolness in detail – these are the “Gentlemen” are very captivating.
There is a diverse set of statements in the film that seem to carry out a cut of the main issues of the generation. Guy Ritchie walked, it seems, on all the most pressing topics of the day: from racism and social inequality to the legalization of drugs. The topic of cultural differences between the USA and Great Britain is separately disclosed. Richie is good because his reasoning on these topics does not get out of the general rhythm and style of the tape. The dialogue on racism will be as dynamic and sharp as a gang war or a sneaky chase.
Separate praise deserves the visual side of the tape. The costumes in the film are perfectly matched. The clothes also emphasize the colorful character. Each of them has its own unique style, not only in behavior, but also in appearance. Camera work is impeccable and diverse. In the tape, there are scenes customary for a wide audience, and clip editing, and even shooting with GoPro cameras. The meticulousness of the approach is also visible in working with color and light.
Summing up all of the above, an obvious conclusion can be made – Guy Ritchie is back to basics. And he returned brilliantly. The director, finally, again got the opportunity to do something his own without adjusting to the direction of studio bosses. Before us is again the original Richie – the one we fell in love with twenty years ago. At the same time, the director is noticeably progressing and in his new work does not slip into self-replay. “Gentlemen” does not copy any of Richie’s previous films and is a completely self-sufficient and original work.
Codec: HEVC / H.265
Resolution: Native 4K (2160p)
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1
English: Dolby Atmos
English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English SDH, Spanish