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  • Writer's pictureChris Mads

Guy Ritchie presents The Gentlemen

The first trailer for Guy Ritchie's new film landed a few days ago and it appears the Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels maestro is heading back to his best. Or at least the arena where he performs at his best.

Make no mistake, Ritchie is no cinematic midas; King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and The Man From U.N.C.L.E were not universally praised by any means and even Aladdin has its detractors, but I genuinely could not be more excited for this one to land.

The Gentlemen features an all-star cast including Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey, Crazy Rich Asians' Henry Goulding, Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery, Ritchie's King Arthur collaborator - and Sons of Anarchy star - Charlie Hunnam and Hugh Grant, the latter of whom is sporting a truly hilarious accent.

The reference to King Arthur coupled with Grant's accent in the trailer may be enough to turn off a few, but I humbly submit that they are signs that this film will be everything we used to laud Ritchie for not that long ago. In today's gritty and all-too-depressing real world, hilarious escapism is what I want when I head to the cinema and Ritchie can deliver that in spades.

Snatch and Lock, Stock offered a collection of almost stereotypically London gangster types bumbling their way through gang wars in such a way that they made you really root for them - and that is a rare commodity in cinemas today. As Joker tears audiences apart by offering no one to root for in a bleak commentary on the world today, The Gentlemen appears to promise some foolish hilarity and a hefty dose of scenery chewing from some talented performers.

I mean, Colin Farrell's exchange with the brillantly monikered Phuc in the trailer is one of my favourite trailer moments of the year.

The film is about an American drug kingpin, whose London marajuana empire comes under threat from a rival, whose intentions ignite a gang war. As is often the case, it is a little unclear exactly who is doing what to or for whom in the trailer, but that is rather the point.

This trail offered everything from gun fights and smart-ass comments to the traditional camera shot out of a car boot - what more could you want? The Gentlemen is set to land in cinemas early next year and I, for one, will be there with popcorn in hand.

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