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THE GENTLEMEN (2020): The Things I Loved

The Gentlemen (2020), Matthew McConaughey, STX Entertainment
The Gentlemen (2020), Matthew McConaughey, STX Entertainment

I don’t remember the last time I saw a movie that was so incredibly sexy, without hardly any sex taking place’.

The above is my immediate response to the question:So, how was The Gentlemen?

There’s no denying that near enough all the men in The Gentlemen are handsome and well dressed, which helps. But it’s ultimately the great performances and clever dialogue/wordplay combined with Guy Ritchie’s filmmaking style, that for me, made The Gentlemen so special.

Ritchie’s film is a smart crime/comedy/action movie. One that stars Mathew McConaughey as Michael Pearson, an American ex-pat who’s trying to sell off his highly profitable marijuana business. Except, things don’t quite go according to plan.

At the start of the movie, you may sense a little bit of a slow burn, but worry not, because it only gets better and better. The Gentleman is the kind of film most, if not all film fans will enjoy; especially big fans of Ritchies first two movies, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) and Snatch (2000). And for anyone who may have been worried about how convincing Hugh Grant’s cockney accent was going to be, you can rest assured that he does a good job.

Watch The Gentlemen for all the reasons mentioned above. I had so much fun taking it all in that I can only imagine how much more fun the actors must have had bringing Ritchie’s characters to life.

Happy Film Loving

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ARTEMIS FOWL (2020): New Trailer From Colin Farrell, Josh gad, Judi Dench, Ferdia Shaw…

Artemis Fowl (2020), Colin Farrell, Ferdia Shaw, Walt Disney Studios
Artemis Fowl (2020), Colin Farrell, Ferdia Shaw, Walt Disney Studios

The latest trailer for Artemis Fowl, a fantasy / adventure about a young criminal mastermind is here.

Directed by Kenneth Brannagh; key cast includes Colin Farrell, Judi Dench Josh Gad, Ferdia Shaw…

With this one, rather than the story, I find myself more interested in the special effects, especially where the villains / monsters are concerned.

Fantasy is generally not my go to genre. However I do like Farrell, and I’m sure I’d eventually forget about how little Shaw seems to resemble Farrell once the movie gets started.

Nikesh Patel, Hong Chau, Nonso Anozie, Miranda Raison, Adrian Scarborough, Taylor James, Lara McDonnell, Joshua McGuire, and Ferdia Shaw also star.

Artemis Fowl Release Dates: June 12th, 2020 (US & UK)…

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WIDOWS (2018): The Things I Liked…

Widows (2018), Liam Neeson, Viola Davis, 20th Century Fox
Widows (2018), Liam Neeson, Viola Davis, 20th Century Fox

Directed by Steve McQueen (Shame 2011); starring Viola Davis, Colin Farrell, Daniel Kaluuya, Liam Neeson and Robert Duvall, Widows is without a doubt very well acted and devoid of any dull moments. There are one or two unexpected turns I enjoyed and everyone performs very well in McQueen’s crime / thriller, a story about four women in need of a way to survive after their husbands’ criminal activities leave them in massive debt.

I’ll start by say that I generally appreciate the quality in movies where everything isn’t overly explained. I like moments where the audience is trusted to connect the dots and make sense of things. Widows is a movie that has a handful of such moments which are well executed. Yet, I’d also say that the ending aside, McQueen’s film feels oddly incomplete somehow.

The feeling of incompleteness comes first from not knowing enough of the back story of some of the characters. We get to know a fair amount  about a few key players but I was certainly left wanting when it came to Cynthia Erivo’s very intriguing Belle, for example.

Widows (2018), Cynthia Erivo, Michelle Rodriguez, 20th Century Fox
Widows (2018), Cynthia Erivo, Michelle Rodriguez, 20th Century Fox

There are also questions I had pertaining to one or two of the dead bodies and how they were disposed of. You may be reading this and be thinking: The brown notebook, silly! And you wouldn’t be wrong by saying that. Nevertheless, I still wanted to be fully convinced by how the story played out especially when it came to the widows’ turn to criminality. Unfortunately, even though I came close to being convinced, I just wasn’t – not completely.

It may may well be that I’ve seen far too many television crime dramas / thrillers that show just the right amount in order for me to buy a story wholeheartedly. Either way I’m now of the mind that Widows may have been better suited to a miniseries format. That way it wouldn’t feel quite so heavily edited and somehow incomplete. There’d certainly be more time for me to get to know a greater number of the characters in a more satisfying way.

Every one performs well but my favourite performance in Widows is delivered by Farrell. I really enjoyed watching his super entitled politician’s son character and listening to what sounded like a very convincing accent. Elizabeth Debicki also delivered some fun turns I wanted more of. 

Overall, Widows may not be my favourite McQueen movie but it definitely isn’t bad either. Perhaps you’ll find that it couldn’t possibly be more complete.

Happy Film Loving 

DUMBO (2019): New Trailer From Tim Burton – Starring Colin Farrell, Eva Green, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito…

Dumbo (2019)
Dumbo (2019)

Directed by Tim Burton, Dumbo is Disney’s re-telling of the story of an elephant ridiculed for his big ears. Ears he’s in fact able to use as wings and fly.

Colin Farrell, Eva Green, Michael Keaton and Danny DeVito star…

To my surprise his trailer didn’t move me. It is only a teaser so there’s time. I do remember the Dumbo story though only vaguely. Perhaps the next Dumbo trailer will have me more excited, the way the Cinderella (2015 ) trailer did.

Dumbo Release Dates: March 29th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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FANTASTIC BEASTS 2 – THE CRIMES OF GRINDENWALD (2018): New ‘First Look Trailer’ From Eddie Redmayne, Collin Farell,  Katherine Waterston…

Fantastic Beasts 2 - The Crimes of Grindenwald (2018), Eddie Redmayne
Fantastic Beasts 2 – The Crimes of Grindenwald (2018), Eddie Redmayne

Fantastic Beasts 2 – The Crimes of Grindenwald is the second instalment of the ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them‘ series.

Directed by David Yates; starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Ezra Miller, the story is all about the ongoing adventures of Newt Scamander….

I’m still yet to watch the first movie because fantasy isn’t my favourite genre. Nevertheless, it looks as though a lot of footage from the first movie has been used for this trailer. It could just be the general look of the films and the fact that Redmayne’s character appears to sport the same outfit at all times. You know, like Bart Simpson.

It could also be that the marketing people wanted to release something exactly a year before the first movie but they had absolutely nothing to show and so they opted to use old footage. That’s probably it.

I’m sure I’ll eventually make time for these movies. Especially since I put off watching Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and actually rather enjoyed it when I saw it, finally.

Fantastic Beasts 2 – The Crimes Of Grindenwald Release Dates: November 16th, 2018 (US & UK)…

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ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ. (2017): New Trailer From Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo, Shelley Hennig…

Roman J, Israel, Esq. (2017), Denzel Washington
Roman J, Israel, Esq. (2017), Denzel Washington

Written and directed by Dan Gilroy of Nightcrawler (2014)Roman J, Israel, Esq. stars Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo and Shelley Hennig in a story about a driven, idealistic defence attorney. One who, as a result of a tumultuous series of events, finds himself in a crisis that leads to extreme action…

Of course I’m in! Washington and Farrell,  such a promising pairing – and thats before one even mentions Mr. Gilroy, the man responsible for the movie that really should have resulted in an Oscar nomination for Jake Gyllenhaal.

Roman J, Israel, Esq. Release Dates: November 3rd, 2017 (US); December 1st, 2017 (UK)…

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THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER (2017): New Trailer From Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Alicia Silverstone, Barry Keoghan…

The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017), Colin Farrell
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017), Colin Farrell

Co-written and directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, The Killing of a Sacred Deer stars Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Alicia Silverstone and Barry Keoghan. At the heart of the story is a charismatic surgeon who’s forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart and  the behaviour of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister…

I remember enjoying The Lobster (2015), – the last Yorgos Lanthimos movie I watched. Therefore, I’m thinking and hoping  that  this is unlikely to disappoint. There’s also the wonderfully full beard that Colin Farrell is sporting. I at least need to look at that a little more.

The Killing Of A Sacred Deer Release Dates: October 20th, 2017 (UK); November 3rd 2017 (UK)…

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THE BEGUILED (2017): New Trailer Starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning…

The Beguiled (2017), Colin Farrell
The Beguiled (2017), Colin Farrell

In The Beguiled, Colin Farrell plays a wounded Union soldier who cons his way into the hearts of the women in a Confederate girls’ boarding school. Soon enough, the women turn against each other but then they get smart and turn on him. Directed by Sofia Coppola; other acting talent includes Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning and Angourie Rice…

I find this trailer promising, especially because of the cast. I want to be even more excited but after The Bling Ring (2013) – the last Sofia Coppola directed movie I saw which I did not enjoy as much as expected,  I’ll wait and see;  in a very calm and perfectly balanced manner. Also this is a remake of the 1971 movie of the same name starring Clint Eastwood.

The Beguiled Release Dates: June 23rd, 2017 (UK); June 30th, 2017 (US)…

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