Watched The Gentlemen (2019)

This lacks the novelty and exuberance of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998). Neither does it have the confidence of possibly his best film RocknRolla (2008). A film that seems to have more of a sense of itself than this one. Richie manages some mild originality from the scenario, but he’s ploughing the same asphalt as his earlier films. Even King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) is a gangster film wrapped in mythic cellophane. Hugh Grant stands out as the slimy private investigator telling the story. A device that manages to keep the pace and interest piqued. I like this device. It gives the storytelling a certain style and rhythm. Other than that, it really is business as usual for a bunch of smart mouthed mock gangsters doing their t’ing. As The Jam proclaims at the end of the film “That’s Entertainment”, Mr Richie style.

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