Guy Ritchie is a good director who, like many directors, has done a few crappy movies (I'll not even mention the name of the one Madonna is in!). I never lost faith in him, however, and now he puts out a movie worthy to be with all his other good to excellent movies. The fact that this movie has a great cast (who doesn't want to see Hugh Grant play a slimy tabloid photographer?) sealed the deal for me and off we went to see it.
"The Gentlemen" has everything you'd expect from a Ritchie movie. Great dialogue (and yes with some strong accents so you have to pay attention), a cool story, great action, excellent performances, and some good surprises and a gangster related plot.
As I said above, Hugh Grant takes on a different role (once again, he did also play a gay government official in a mini-series and was excellent in that too) and is excellent as the main storyteller/paparazzi here. Matthew McConaughey is clearly having fun and is great to watch. I was pleasantly surprised to see Michelle Dockery (from Downton Abbey) take on a much different role and really shine in it. To not gush too much I'll just say all of the acting was excellent. It's the good of movie you hope doesn't end, you're just enjoying it that much. I also must note that there are some really funny parts in this movie, I was laughing and on the edge of my seat (pretty close to both most of the time).
It is also worth noting that Ritchie wrote and directed this movie, not something you see a lot these days. Also, of course, worth noting is that there is graphic violence, lots of coarse language and some disturbing scenes (which were edited well, it's more what you image than what you see). Please don't let your kids see this, ages 18+.
I loved this movie, I keep me guessing as to what would happen, has some good surprises and a really satisfying climax. The end is also excellent and while there could be a sequel, there really shouldn't be, this stands just fine on its own. A very solid 8.5 out of 10 and a strong recommendation. If you're not bothered by violence and coarse language you really need to see this, you'll be glad you did.