Guy Ritchie is undoubtedly one of those directors who have their own style. Sure, he has also shot Hollywood blockbusters like the “Sherlock Holmes” films with Robert Downey Jr., “King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword” or the new “Aladdin”, but even there his hand can usually be noticed – and He feels most comfortable anyway with the genre that he shaped like no other: the British gangster comedy.
After a long absence, Guy Ritchie returned to his beginnings in 2020 with The Gentlemen and tied directly to the class of “Jack, Queen, King, grAs” and “Snatch – Pigs and Diamonds”. Anyone who missed “The Gentlemen” in the cinema back then can now catch up on the brutal and incredibly entertaining gangster grotesque on TV: “The Gentlemen” runs on Friday, December 12, 2022 from 8:15 p.m. on RTL Zwei.
“Whimsical, cheeky and elegant – a genre highlight with an excellently humored star ensemble and a black humorous festival for gangster film fans”writes DashFUN editor Daniel Fabian in his review of “The Gentlemen” (4 out of 5 stars).
As much as we would like to recommend “The Gentlemen” to you, we have to advise against watching the film in this version for two reasons:
First “The Gentlemen” has been released by the FSK from the age of 16 due to some violent peaks. However, films from the age of 16 are generally not allowed to be broadcast on free TV at 8.15 p.m. and must therefore be shortened. With “The Gentlemen” a good minute should be missing again, as with the free TV premiere in December 2021.
Secondly “The Gentlemen” lives to a large extent from the bizarre characters – and they sound a lot funnier, different and simply better in the English original than in the German dubbed version. Conveniently, “The Gentlemen” is currently available as a subscription to Netflix at no additional cost – and not only in German, English or in the original with subtitles, but of course also without commercial breaks:
» “The Gentlemen” on Netflix
The American Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey) has built up an extremely successful marijuana empire in England, but now he wants to get out together with his wife Rosalind (Michelle Dockery). Finding a suitable buyer is difficult, however, which is why Mickey’s right-hand man, Ray (Charlie Hunnam), has his hands full.
Among others, the rich Matthew Berger (Jeremy Strong), triad boss Lord George (Tom Wu) and the crazy gangster Dry Eye (Henry Golding) are after Mickey’s empire. And what’s the role of sleazy snoop journalist Fletcher (Hugh Grant) in all of this?
Note: This is a re-release of an article previously published on DashFUN.