30+ The Gentlemen Reviews – Matthew McConaughey Swiped his Custom Fitted Suits

The Gentlemen⭐️

When one of the few good things you can say about a movie is everybody was dressed nice, that’s not a roaring compliment.

The lead actor clearly agreed with at least one part of that.

Matthew McConaughey loved the duds his sharp-dressed weed dealer wears in The Gentlemen. So much so that he did one thing when shooting wrapped — he swiped them.

Matthew McConaughey loved suits in ‘The Gentlemen’ — so he stole them | Calgary Herald

You can tell from the box art that dress is important in this film. Sure, hire the costume designer for your next film. That person knows how to make your actors and actresses look the part.

It’s time to dig deeper than the clothes the players were wearing in this film, and that means there will be SPOILERS ahead. If you haven’t seen the film yet and want to see it, you might want to come back to this one after doing so.

…. you have been warning SPOILERS ahead …

Guy Ritchie is no Quentin Tarantino

Great writer-directors like Tarantino make what he does look easy. It’s not, or director Guy Ritchie could copy the style, substance or story. At least the story.

When he emerged as a filmmaker in the late 1990s, Guy Ritchie fashioned himself as a kind of British Quentin Tarantino. His early movies (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch) were set in criminal underworlds, crackled with witty and shockingly profane dialogue, and gleefully chopped up their timelines. Ritchie has occasionally sojourned back to that territory (in 2008’s RocknRolla, for instance). But of late he’s been languishing in franchise-land

Matthew McConaughey Can Do Better Than This

Profanity didn’t bother me here

As long as it fits, I’m not one that cares if there is excess profanity in a film. Comedies of sorts like this get a pass. There were a fair amount of f-bombs and the ever questionable c-bomb. Some other reviews raise this as something that wasn’t appreciated.

We have to keep in mind the characters here. To think a bunch of drug trade guys don’t swear, probably quite a bit, is a tad unrealistic.

Reviews By Others

Right now this has a pretty high IMDB score (8.1/10) and the audience score at Rotten Tomatoes is 86% with 2,600+ reviews, which is also positive. Let’s see how other movie bloggers are reviewing The Gentlemen:


  1. calypte / LittleFrogScribbles (9/10): “It’s sweary and politically incorrect, and rude and has you rooting for one bunch of criminals over others. Brilliant”
  2. Charlie Morris: “…even though it is the first new release of 2020 that I’ve seen, it will undoubtedly remain one of my favourites for the rest of the year.”
  3. David Ferguson: “…is most assuredly a bit too far removed from today’s acceptable Politically Correct line. It features mostly male characters and far too many stereotypes to count. It’s also ridiculously funny. Mr. Ritchie doesn’t take his story or characters too seriously, but he proves yet again that he’s serious about entertainment.”
  4. Delaware’s Film Critic (7/10): “…was surprising good being released in the dead zone of January.”
  5. fanboyreviewer (3.5/4): “I figured that this movie was going to be a highly enjoyable watch, but this was honestly better than I would have guessed with some amazing performances and an interesting story.”
  6. Jordan and Eddie (3.5/5): “It’s great to see Guy Ritchie back doing what he does best and while The Gentlemen never reaches the dazzling heights of the directors best works, this is a step back in the right direction for a filmmaker who had lost his sense of purpose.”
  7. JustJen/Sometimes Objective Reviews: “A funny and modernised take to the old school London Gangster movies we’re used to seeing from Richie that will undoubtedly convert the new school of film watchers to his ways.”
  8. Ken Murray / The Nerds Templar: “…with the fantastic cast, some really laugh out loud humor and Ritchie’s strong use of music, The Gentlemen is more positive than negative. It’s something I can see myself watching again and it made me want to revisit the underrated The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”
  9. Kirkham a Movie a Day: “Although it seems that the events in the story are spinning out as a series of unplanned obstacles, there is always a way that those moments tie back into the plot, usually in a surprising way.”
  10. Love Popcorn: “Whilst Ritchie did include some brief nods to a modern Britain with references to Brexit and Grime music, the overall feel was a little dated and I’m sure the PC police will find a fair few things to complain about, but as long as you prepare yourselves for many, many F-bombs and C-bombs, this is a thoroughly enjoyable piece of cinema.”
  11. marruda3: “The characters were fleshed out and intriguing, the humor sharp and lively, and the story good enough to hold my interest throughout.”
  12. Major Film Reviews: “…is a masterfully-crafted, and enjoyable, experience; with excellent characters and performances, and creative framing that seals the deal.”
  13. Mirza Baig (4/5): “…is a fun, original, and expletive loaded crime caper that is full of swagger and style.”
  14. Often Off Topic (5/5): “If you’re a fan of movies like In Bruges (2008) – also starring a hilarious Colin Farrell, then you’re going to love this, I think”
  15. Pete / Clear Blue Eye: “This film is a much needed return to form and is, hands down, Ritchie’s best film since “Snatch.””
  16. Rob Williams / Runpee (Grade: A): “Basically it’s a case of if you liked Lock, Stock and Snatch you’ll like this. Twists and turns, surprises, humor, and action, pretty much from start to end.”
  17. Sean Coates / Moviebabble: “A disposable, yet entertaining homecoming to the gangster genre for Guy Ritchie with an overly familiar setting and plot, but is elevated by its incredible cast and Ritchie’s signature filmmaking style at its most potent level in years.”
  18. shellywilson72 (5/5): “The script is genius, and the packed cinema laughed out loud most of the way through the screening.”
  19. Society Reviews: “…is as colorful as it is ridiculous and that is what makes it one of the most unique and enjoyable films of the early year.”
  20. tensecondsfromnow / The Film Authority: “This is a mature, amusing, deftly plotted and politically subversive film that has the narrative nous to have its cake and eat it. There are a few moments where Ritchie pushes the outrageous tone too far, but such gambles can be forgiven when the film just works, and The Gentleman purrs long like a vintage Jag on a crisp, asphalt driveway.”
  21. The Enlightened Diabetic: “I began this year with one of the best I’ve seen in a very long time.”
  22. Tom E / Plain, Simple Tom Reviews (3/5): “A solidly written and inventively constructed crime film with plenty of twists and turns that doesn’t hold back on the violence and the bad language and which features lively direction and an animated cast.”
  23. Tom Moore / Moore Reviews (4/5): “…is a strong return for Ritchie and is just an excellently acted, strongly stylized, and incredibly humorous British crime caper in general.”

Not Recommended

  1. Alex Brannan / Cinefiles (Grade: C+): “…is a somewhat dull exercise in watching a story run out of steam. Ritchie gives us his usual dynamic style in the introduction to this ensemble, but once the plot begins in earnest there isn’t much to say.”
  2. Caz / In Their Own League: “With “The Gentlemen”, an otherwise fun, stylish and clever film was massively let down by reducing sexual violence to a plot device and entirely ignoring the trauma it causes. The victim had no personal resolution at all. To use sexual violence like this is hugely dangerous for audiences.”
  3. Embrace Your Geekness / EYG (3.1/5): “Despite the fact that I came out of this with a positive note, I have a feeling that it will not be a film that sticks with me for a long time.”
  4. Michael J. Casey: “The Gentlemen feels less like a Ritchie movie and more like a derivation of a Ritchie movie with a pinch of Quentin Tarantino and a dash of Get Shorty tossed in.”
  5. Mike Shutt / Reel Projection: “The film wants so badly to be this throwback Guy Ritchie picture and recapture when he was the brash new voice on the scene. But he’s not anymore. He just made Aladdin. His world no longer intersects with the one he started with, and nothing about The Gentlemen comes from a genuine place.”
  6. MoodyB (6.5/10): “…the great cast undoubtedly elevate the somewhat lacklustre script and make The Gentlemen a slick and watchable film, but it is ultimately a reminder that Snatch and Lock Stock may be due a re-watch, while The Gentlemen be forgotten about.”
  7. RockAtThemovies (6.5/10): “I appreciated the style and suaveness of the actors involved in the film but struggled to feel the impact that I hoped it would offer.”
  8. The Film Blog (3/5): “Here is a filmmaker who has learned much from his dip in with the big timers of LA but is resolute to prove he has emerged in total tact. In this case, that is to say: Ritchie remains refreshingly tactless.”
  9. The World of Celebrity (3/5): “It has a couple of unexpected action moments that I enjoyed and I did laugh out loud a handful of times but this was nowhere near as exciting or fun as I expected it to be.”

Did I miss your review? Use the comments to tell me about your movie-related/review blog and I’ll follow. I like following movie-related blogs and pull quote from my reading list as well as other new blogs shared, liked and discovered.

NOW PLAYING REVIEWS: The Gentlemen, The Turning, The Last Measure

It’s the week of “The” titled movies for #4 of 2020 (1/23-1/26/2020), so which one is the best?

This week features three very different films: a drug kingpin is cashing out, a young woman caring for two children in a haunted house and a fight for a soldier to be awarded a prestigious medal many years later.

#1 goes to ….

The Last Full Measure ⭐️⭐️⭐️

This tale of the at first reluctant and later committed Pentagon staffer fighting to have the Medal of Honor awarded to hero William Pitsenbarger, an enlisted Air Force Pararescueman.

The Last Full Measure has gripping source material that will both frustrate and make proud

The Gentlemen ⭐️

After reading other reviews and according to several others, Guy Ritchie is returning to the style of his earlier films Lock, Stock and Smoking Barrels and Snatch, two films I’ve not seen. I didn’t find the style of this one to very entertaining. It’s a lot of grandstanding talk from drug thugs, none of the characters of which I found to be very endearing or likable interspersed with violent deaths. Seemed to me more like an attempt to do something like Quentin Tarantino did with Pulp Fiction, only not remotely as skilled.

This is one film where I’ve rated it lower than others — much lower in some cases — as it has pretty good reviews overall. Sticking by our rating and review as neither Kara or I enjoyed it, but you definitely should read other reviews and have an open mind to this film, despite our review. It might be that you like the style of this film. That’s the defining factor here, if you don’t dig how it flows, the rest of it blows.

The Turning ½ 

This isn’t quite Cats level terrible, but for horror films, this is among the absolute horror films I’ve ever seen. Poorly paced, scripted, directed and acted (probably in part due to such ghastly material to work from) with a plot that is so cliche-ridden it’s more stupid than spooky and among the worst endings of any film ever made in any genre.

A total hatchet job of a film that not only doesn’t deserve watching, it participates to the flawed notion that the horror genre is trashy and devoid of substance and quality. The Grudge⭐️⭐️ sucks too this month, but is an amazing film compared to this cinematic sludge.

Suffer the “The” title films

The weekend of “The” films turned out mostly whimpers and thuds. None of the films above were breakout entertainment, with only the true story that The Last Full Measure being noteworthy. This came disturbingly close to three no recommended votes.

Can’t wait for January 2020 to get over because it hasn’t been a very good month for new movies at the theater. Yes, we’ve had a couple OK to average films, but this month is holding the line for the dump month stigma of every January. The only film so far I can say I actually loved seeing was 1917 and I’m not considering that a January 2020 effort, it was technically released in 2019.

Want to see what else we recommend NOW PLAYING at the theater?

This is my favorite part of this week’s NOW PLAYING post: recommending other movies you can see instead of the newest films.

Here are other movies we’ve seen at the theaters recently and liked (maybe they are available in your area still) that are recommended. Any movie rated at least 3-stars is recommended. You should read any 3-star review (click the title), because sometimes we do qualify those recommendations, meaning we were entertained, but it doesn’t mean that the film was that good.

4-star movies are highly recommended and films rated as 4 1/2 or 5 stars are must see.

  1. 1917 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½ 
  2. Little Women ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  3. Uncut Gems ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  4. Frozen II ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  5. Bad Boys For Life ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  6. The Last Full Measure ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  7. Bombshell ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  8. Like A Boss ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  9. Doolittle ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Happy movie watching!

Opening 1-23-2020 in Theaters: The Turning, The Gentlemen, The Last Full Measure

Wednesday, week #4 2020 (1/23-1/26/2020) as we inch closer to ending this doldrum month of January which has only produced a carryover hit from 2019 in the brilliant movie 1917⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  and a few average and mostly worse new movies.

What do we have to look forward to this weekend? A horror movie based on a very, very old story, a crime action movie involving a bunch of weed (but starring Matthew McConaughey) and a film about the fight to bring medal recognition to a war hero.

The Turning

“The children are very special…” — The Tuning official trailer

The sound effects are about as weird as the children (what is up with the fish stomping scene?). The more I rewatch this trailer, the more interested I’m in it. This movie makes me think a little bit of John Saul, not the source material it’s based on. That part isn’t a compliment because Saul is sort of known as a popular horror novelist who used children frequently in his stories, but he wasn’t known among horror novel fans as a good very good writer. How does any of that relate to this trailer? It just reminds me of the type of story that Saul might have written, had he written the screenplay.

Anticipation: 4/10

The Gentlemen

The Gentlemen official trailer

Matthew McConaughey remains my single biggest interest in this film. I was reading an article the other day that talked about how some stars don’t draw people to movies and some do, well for me McConaughey is one of those above average actors I look forward to seeing on the screen. I’d put many other actors and actresses on this list. He’s never been amazingly good to me, but he’s been good enough, especially when he plays a lawyer (A Time To Kill), or any kind of law enforcement officer.

As I watch this trailer perhaps one last time before seeing this movie, I’m kind of underwhelmed by it all, if not for McConaughey. I hope he makes this interesting and entertaining. We’ll see.

Anticipation: 4/10

The Last Full Measure

This movie is the one I’m most interested in seeing. Argh, this is frustrating that it isn’t showing at the main independent theater or of course at Regal Cinemas. Maybe it will appear like Judy did, a couple weeks from now. I’m leaving it here for others.

Anticipation: 6/10

ANTICIPATION for Week #4: 1/23/20 MOVIES

How much on scale of 1-10 anticipating the 1-23-2020 movies? Those marked with asterisk are not available in our area this week, so will carryover in future weeks until available to watch in our area.

  1. *The Last Full Measure – 6/10
  2. The Gentlemen – 4/10
  3. The Turning – 4/10

Are there screenings in our area to see these movies?

Two of the three movies are wide screenings and available at theaters in our area so those will be watched, rated and reviewed. The Last Full Measure? Not sure when or if we’ll be able to watch that in the theater as of this writing.. Hope some of you can!

FIRST LOOK: The Gentlemen

Rated R.

Digging the music chosen for the trailer for this drug empire under takeover film. Love the late 60s – 70s Vietnam-era classic rock.

THE GENTLEMEN follows American expat Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey) who built a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. When word gets out that he’s looking to cash out of the business forever it triggers plots, schemes, bribery and blackmail in an attempt to steal his domain out from under him.

Rotten Tomatoes movie info for The Gentlemen
The Gentlemen official trailer

Random trailer thoughts on #TheGentlement:

  • Cool character accents (particularly thick on the dialogue, “heroes and zeroes”)
  • Lots of drugs on display (marijuana in particular) — chronic fans will rejoice
  • The trailer seems a bit confusing as to if they are going for an action-thriller(?) or maybe it’s a drama (listed on Rotten Tomatoes as an Action-Adventure, Comedy)
  • Signature Matthew M!

Directed by Guy Ritchie. For those curious, yes, the same Guy Ritchie that was once married to Madonna. What are some of his other films? The Sherlock Holmes (2009) movie and sequel starring Robert Downey Jr, the live action Aladdin and others, none of which I’ve seen yet. Just when you think you’ve seen a bunch of movies then you come across a director like this, of some notoriety, and yes I haven’t seen even one of his films yet. That will change later this month.

The Gentlemen opens wide in theaters January 24, 2020

11 Movies COMING TO THEATERS in January 2020

Coming to theaters in January 2020 – there are some films shown above not below and vice versa

The following are movie trailers and my early thoughts for all films tentatively scheduled coming to theaters in January 2020. If you’d like to see a list of all movies released in 2020 click here (that post is updated throughout the year).

The list below does not include independent films and/or streaming original films from Netflix and Amazon. I would like to keep track of those as well, but trying to target specifically wide theater releases (or what appear to be wide releases) so most readers can see these films worldwide in a major chain theater (hopefully) near your home. New streaming films being released will be handled separately based on the service, most likely, as already doing for Shudder.

SIDENOTE: I have nothing against small, independent theaters (we have a good one called The Grand Cinema close by), but am trying to focus on the films I have the greatest likelihood to see, review and rate each month. Obviously, with release schedules that change based on location, sharing any kind of coming soon movie list is not an exact science. Any errors and/or omissions are mine.

Movie release dates are subject to change by the studios, so it’s possible within the next 45 days or so one or more of the movies profiled below will have its release date moved.

As of this posting, there are 11 movies scheduled, presented in order of scheduled opening date below. 10 of the 11 have trailers, so I’ve added my anticipation (10 = most excited as possible to see, 0 = not interested at all). Can’t promise I’ll do this every month, but am going to try and do so, probably posted sometime around the middle of each month for the next month.

This is a reference for FIRST LOOK and PREVIEW posts. I try and FIRST LOOK and/or PREVIEW films that either we’re personally most interested in seeing and/or have very popular interest by others.

January 2020 Movies

The Grudge

The Grudge (2020) official trailer – opens January 3, 2020

This one looks like it might be scary. I’ve never seen any of the original Grudge movies and not sure I’ll be doing so before this comes out in a few weeks. I look more forward to seeing truly scary horror films over horror-comedy films and this looks like the former.

Anticipation for The Grudge: 6/10

Like A Boss

Like A Boss official trailer – opens in theaters January 10, 2020

Have seen this trailer as preview in the theater more than any other in this list of January 2020 movie releases. I’m sort of luke warm to cool on what’s happening here. I don’t find anything Tiffany Haddish has starred in as funny. Her voice is grating on me. The plot seems not very interesting to me either, what little we know from the trailer. The trailer didn’t even make me smile, although admittedly some have laughed at the goat milk spit out scene.

Anticipation for Like A Boss: 3/10


Underwater Official Trailer – opens in theater January 10, 2020

Got to wipe away Kirsten Stewart from my mind in Charlie’s Angels and any movie deep on the bottom of the ocean is off to a good start. We don’t know what is living down there and while this has been explored in several other stories, it’s an interesting and often scary place. All that pressure under miles of water. Yes, I’m interested.

Anticipation for Underwater: 6/10

The Informer
RELEASE DATE CHANGED from Jan 10, 2020 to March 13, 2020 (LIMITED)

The Informer official trailer – opens in theaters March 13, 2020

Seems like standard fare thriller from the trailer. Nothing stands out as super creative or amazingly fresh to me. Could be how the trailer is cut. Not that excited by this trailer.

Anticipation for The Informer: 2/10

Bad Boys for Life

Bad Boys for Life official trailer #1
Bad Boys for Life official trailer #2 – opens in theaters January 17, 2020

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence return as buddy cops for this third entry in the franchise. I found the first two to be funny in parts. They have good chemistry together, but aren’t as fun as say Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy in 48 Hours. Haven’t been many buddy cop trilogies that I was clamoring to see the third one. Martin Lawrence is my favorite of the two by far in this comedy team. I just don’t find Will Smith that special. Yes, he has been in some good films.

Anticipation for Bad Boys for Life: 3/10


Doolittle official trailer – opens in theaters January 17, 2020

The trailer barely grabs my interest, except for the fact that Robert Downey, Jr is starring. Not sure about his accent, kinda reminds me a bit of the one he used in Tropic Thunder (!). He makes just about every film he is in better. I’m worried about this being a terrible and unnecessary reboot movie about a man who talks to animals. Have seen the story told several times before and Downey Jr. isn’t a comedian, so not sure if his potentially(?) serious/ironic take on Doctor Doolittle will be exciting. Very apprehensive about this one, but, again, interested because of the main star. I heard he was paid $20 million for top bill in this one. Will see next month if it was worth it. Worried.

Anticipation for Doolittle:: 3/10

The Gentlemen

The Gentlemen official trailer – opens in theaters January 24, 2020

Like the mystery/detective vibe, but wonder if it’s more thriller? Not feeling super compelled toward this one as a thriller, but more interested in a mystery. Can’t decide based on trailer which it is. Do like Matthew McConaughey, so that bumps up curiosity a little.

Anticipation for The Gentlemen: 3/10

The Turning

The Turning official trailer – opens in theaters January 24, 2020

January 2020 will be the first time I’ve ever paid that attention to everything being released. Already noticing that there are more horror movies being released than other types of movies. January could be an October-like month for me as I like horror movies. As for this one? Has a V.C Andrews groove to it. What’s with the children? Yeah, sign me up for this one!

Anticipation for The Turning: 5/10

Nowhere (trailer yet) to Run?

RELEASE DATE CHANGED from Jan 24 to May 8, 2020

…is a thriller starring Sarah Paulson and is scheduled to open in theaters January 24, 2020 (UPDATE 1/18/2020: Release date has changed to May 8, 2020). No official trailer has been released by Lionsgate as of this writing.

The mystery around an intentional lack of marketing (see: Is @Lionsgate Run (2020) screening WIDE January 24, 2020 – if not, when?) — or inferior/incompetent marketing, whichever it is — is increasing my intrigue. Seems like a trailer is pretty important for a movie that released in like 45 days. I mean, yesterday we got the Wonder Woman 1984 trailer and that isn’t out for another six plus months!

Can’t give any anticipation based on the trailer without one.

Gretel and Hansel

Gretel and Hansel official teaser trailer – opens in theaters January 31, 2020

Oooo another spooky one! Seems odd to title it backwards (do the kids eat the adults in this one? Now that sort of reverse cannibalism would make heads turn). If it’s pure horror and not comedy horror than it gets at least a 4 from me. Fairy tales can be cool, especially the grim variety. Will pump it up one more for that. Hoping it’s not too cliched, but fearing that almost as much as the potential subject matter.

Anticipation for Gretel and Hansel: 5/10

The Rhythm Section

The Rhythm Section official trailer – opens in theaters January 31, 2020

Read the FIRST LOOK that is linked above to see my detailed comments on this one. Of all 12 films being released in January 2020, I’m most looking forward to seeing this one.

Anticipation for The Rhythm Section: 7/10

Ranking the January 2020 movies by anticipation (as of this writing)

Keep in mind that my anticipation for a film can change daily, even hourly, based on new information that I read about the film or see in a video. Therefore, the anticipation is merely a number I’m applying to my feelings today, right now, and it is very subject to change. In the next post, tweet, video or an hour from now. Only here for comparison purposes as I do this with the Opening Week posts. Those numbers are within a couple days of seeing the movies.

  1. The Rhythm Section – 7 / 10
  2. Underwater – 6 / 10
  3. Gretel & Hansel – 5 / 10
  4. The Turning – 5 / 10
  5. Doolittle – 3 / 10
  6. The Gentlemen – 3 / 10
  7. The Grudge – 3 / 10
  8. Like A Boss – 3 / 10
  9. Bad Boys for Life – 3 / 10
  10. The Informer – 2 / 10 (release date changed to March 13, 2020)
  11. Run – No Rating (release date changed to May 8, 2020)

What movies in January 2020 are you looking forward to seeing?