The Gentlemen is Guy Ritchie’s latest offering, having released last year in theaters and last month on home video. It has an amazing cast consisting of Matthew McConaughey, Hugh Grant, Colin Farrell, and Henry Golding (along with several others you will recognize), and tells a very unique and fun story. Today, we’ll be taking a look at the 4K UHD release. Let’s dip in.
McConaughey plays Michael Pearson, an ex-pat living in England who has built up a vast marijuana empire. He’s made it from the bottom to the top, and is looking to bow out of the game to spend time with his queen. To do so, he must cash out of the business and sell his assets, connections, and complete operations. But once word gets out that he’s looking to do so, several interested parties are willing to scheme, plot, and murder their ways to his vast network.
The story is mostly told through the eyes of Fletcher (Hugh Grant’s character). Hoping to get his pound of flesh, he’s been following the entire cast of criminals, taking photos and gathering the scoop, in which he plans to sell to the top papers as well as a movie script – that is, of course, unless Pearson is willing to pay top dollar for his silence. We witness bits and pieces of the whole story as he pitches his offer for silence. It’s a pretty cool and compelling way to hear the story for sure.
This method of storytelling isn’t the only strong point of this film, the whole story is incredibly well crafted, with surprises at every turn and a lot of intricate overlapping of interests and plots. This includes some way out of left field occurrences and schemes that would never see coming, which is exciting and thoroughly entertaining.
The 2160p transfer of this movie looks fantastic on the screen. There’s not a lot of bright and shiny colors in this film in general, but there are a few scenes in some of the marijuana grow ops that are neon lit and extremely exciting to see. But apart from those scenes, the overall look and feel of this film is featuring a warmer palette with a lot of very interesting textures and crystal clear imagery of some larger than life characters.
The UHD features a Dolby Atmos surround audio track which gets plenty of use, with some great overhead action during several scenes. A fun music video style sequence has especially satisfying thud to the bass and is actually a track that I’m going to hunt down and add to some of my Spotify playlists.
The Gentlemen 4K UHD release comes in the standard black amaray case, with a slipcover, digital copy slip, and the following special features:
- Best Gentlemanly Quips – A very short featurette spotlighting the language used in the film.
- Glossary of Cannabis – A compilation of scenes featuring the many names of weed used in the movie.
- Behind the Scenes of The Gentlemen – I would call this the standard feature, but it was not quite two minutes in length and felt like an afterthought more than anything.
- Photo Gallery
Our Recommendation for The Gentlemen:
While dialogue driven and requiring your full attention, Ritchie’s offering here is extremely well crafted and super fun to watch. It will keep you guessing until the credits and weave a story that is gripping and equal parts funny and deadly serious. I highly recommend giving it a watch.