Since I brought up acting, the cast is a phenomenal ensemble of familiar faces that delight. Standouts include Hugh Grant—cause of course, Charlie Hunnan, and Colin Farrel. They bring life to the film as they all play their parts to a tee. Grant appropriately chews the scenery opposite Hunnam, who plays the straight man as they lead the audience through the plot while being inner cut by everyone else. It's when Farrel pops up and elevates the mood with his relaxed demeanor, a feat only aptly described as an oxymoron, when everything is working at it's best.
There isn't anything special about the cinematography or score, but they don't hinder the quality of the overall picture. There is a small story beat that ends oddly, but nothing else comes to mind when I think of egregious problems. In no way am I suggesting that The Gentlemen is without faults, but the enjoyment to be had far outweigh any slight transgressions that it may embody.
I would consider The Gentlemen one of the best of the year. I know it's early, although I'll be surprised if I don't see it on my top 10 list at the end. It might just be a taste thing as the film doesn't seem to have universal praise; it indulges in very British vocabulary and mannerisms, which are aspects I adore. Though, it could also be that it's a Guy Ritchie movie, and his style isn't for everyone. All of these considerations aside, I cannot deny how much fun and charm this picture has.
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It's for that reason I prefer the first half to the second because there is more discovery going on in the story at that point. Having all of these characters meet and get to know each other, allows the audience to sympathize to their situation. With the backdrop being a fancy strip club with a dot matrix display for the main stage, there is a flair just not present later on. The obvious standout is Jennifer Lopez as she delivers a great performance that ties the whole movie together. It's not Oscar-worthy like some are saying, but it is the highlight of the cast.
The director, Lorene Scafaria, made some strong choices, some of which worked well and others outstayed their welcome. For instance, the idea of using piano music when depicting emotions in key scenes ended up clashing with other scenes that flanked it later on in the film. The decision to structure the plot around an interview in the same vein as I, Tonya was interesting, but wasn't necessary until the end of the movie. The overabundance of slo-mo shots of the cast making entrances got repetitive, and the little audio trick at the end lost meaning when it was reversed seconds after use. With more practice, I suspect that Scafaria will be a more seasoned filmmaker and that this was a really good start.
The final thing I can say about Hustlers is that the characters are a little ironic. Constance Wu has a line of dialogue that states, "I don't want to make it seem like all strippers are thieves. I don't want to add to that stigma." This was hilarious, not only because the story being told is about strippers committing crimes but that Cardi B has a cameo. She infamously was a stripper before she was a popular performer and actually drugged and stole from men herself. The film tries really hard to put these character's actions into context, but never succeeds in making you feel bad for how they ended up.
A little small in scope and way less crazy than you think it is