The Gentlemen Review 2024: Guy Ritchie is the King of British Crime

Guy Ritchie’s series adaptation of the 2019 film The Gentlemen recently arrived on Netflix with an amazing cast featuring Theo James, Vinnie Jones, John Connors, Daniel Ings, Joley Richardson, Ray Winstone and Giancarlo Esposito.

If you’re a fan of old-school Guy Ritchie then the Gentlemen will be right up your street. The series follows Edward, the middle son of an extremely wealthy royal family. After the father passes, he unexpectedly leaves everything to Edward which causes his drug-addicted brother to have a meltdown. Freddy, the older brother can’t come to terms with why a 600-year-old family tradition has been broken, and he is not the beneficiary of the estate and all its belongings. We soon learn the reasoning behind Freddy’s meltdown. Yes, he surely wanted that money and power and the title of “Your Grace” but Freddy is seriously deep sh*t with Liverpoolian Crime Family. He has run up a debt of 4 million pounds, and every week that money ain’t paid, there’s a large whack of interest thrown on there – Freddy soon owes 8 million pounds. 

As Edward tries to figure out a way to help his careless drug addict brother from being executed, he finds out there is so much more going on in the house than he could ever have imagined. Soon Edward starts to show a dark side, a mean streak and maybe he was just cut out for this life of crime all along and he just didn’t realise it.

I’d consider myself a fan of Guy Ritchie but I really would prefer his earlier, gritty stuff. So, if you’re into films like Snatch or Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels then The Gentlemen is for you. We get a wide arrange of beautifully constructed, yet demented characters in this wonderful lavish crime world. On top of everything, the music for The Gentlemen has to be one of my favourite OSTs in a long time; all the chaos and violence is usually accompanied by some amazing classical music and this really adds a special touch to the production.

Another thing I loved about The Gentlemen is Ritchie’s awesome interpretation of Irish travellers. Brad Pitt gave us Ana amazing performance back in the day with Ritchie’s, Snatch. 

Now, as I am from Ireland, I actually noticed some actors in his latest Irish travelling crime family. Here’s the cool thing; one of the travellers in the series is called John Connors. He is Irish and 100% from the travelling community. Not only that but he is the first actor, director and screenwriter to ever come out of the travelling community. So, I can tell you 100% honesty that Ritchie gets those characters as close to the real thing as possible. This actor (John Connor) I am on about has just completed a new drug-themed Dublin underground crime movie called The Black Guelph and I will be covering it soon enough. So, stay tuned for that…now back to The Gentlemen.

I am guessing we will be seeing a season 2 of The Gentlemen. I just hope that Ritchie has the story planned out for multiple seasons and it won’t just be written off the back of the popularity of S01. I always find when this happens, a series can run out of steam very quickly. This is a great universe that he has created and there is so much you can do with it.

I binged the entire 8-episodes of The Gentlemen in one day. You can now stream it on Netflix. I hope you enjoy it. 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 8/10

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