By Alexander Moore & Co
Photo: Warner Bros.
English film director Guy Ritchie’s latest endeavour is a 2019 Action/Comedy film boasting a star studded lineup of cast members including Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Colin Farrell, Michelle Dockery, Hugh Grant, Henry Golding, Jeremy Strong and Eddie Marsan.
Titled The Gentlemen, the film plot follows American expat Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey), a boy born into poverty in the United States whom receives a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University where he begins his selling of marijuana to fellow students, before his later conquest to build a highly profitable marijuana empire in the city of London.
Being directed by Guy Richie, The Gentlemen is awash with stylistic easter eggs, as one may expect from a film director of such knowing stature as Richie. Indeed, during in an interview for the movie release during their press tour, the majority of cast members revealed their admirations for the detailed fashion pieces and ‘classy’ English gangster aesthetic that Guy was able to achieve through his careful selection of costumes. Actress Michelle Dockery even went so far during said press tour as to say that Guy Richie is perhaps the most well-dressed movie producer she has ever had the privilege of working with on-set.
For those of us whom have seen his movies before however, this sounds like standard Guy Richie movie directing, which if nothing else can be an acquired taste if you have not borne witness to any of his previous works.
But beyond his artisanal appreciation for high-quality costumes lies an even more iconic process with which his films are continually associated with; fast-paced narrative story-telling, and an abundance of slow-motion and special effects. These processes have arguably become synonymous with his iconic film aesthetic and are the trademark style of his craft, think:
– Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998),
– Snatch (2000), Sherlock Holmes (2009),
– The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015), and
– King Arthur (2017).
Whilst it is hard to think of Michelle Dockery starring in anything else besides her bedazzling portrayal of aristocrat Lady Mary Crawley in Julian Fellowes’ wondrous drama series Downton Abbey (as is the typical problem with actors and actresses whom excel in certain roles), her performance in The Gentlemen is a telling sign as to the depth of her acting prowess; her dripping cockney accent as supporting protagonist Rosalind Pearson showing just how versatile her linguistic skills can be.
Charlie Hunnam is worth a mention if not simply for the fact that he is an all-time British favourite of ours, as you are probably aware of thanks to our copious postings of him in various photoshoots and acting roles (think Sons of Anarchy) on our Instagram page. His performance as Mickey Pearson’s right hand man Raymond is fitting of the role, and his wardrobe aesthetic adequately fits the bill for an upper-class English Gangster.
But enough about the cast of the film – we’ll now break down the stylistic elements behind the actors’ iconic characters.