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Exit Strategy

The Gentlemen (2019) on IMDb

Plot Overview

According to American expatriate become marijuana baron Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey,) “There's only one rule in the jungle: when the lion's hungry, he eats!” Mickey enters a London pub, makes his selection on the juke box and orders a pint and a pickled egg. As the “lion” is eating he calls his wife Rosalind (Michelle Dockery) to set up a date night at nine. There's a ruckus on the phone in the back­ground and behind Mickey some gun­play off camera. His egg gets splattered with blood.

beastieIt's become known that Pearson is set to retire. When the lion is done eating, then the scavengers move in on the remains. “Gentlemen” conveys in a high tone the various contenders of jackals, hyenas, and carrion birds descending on the bloody feast.


There are big lessons to be learned from little critters. As wise Solomon said, (Prov. 30:24) “There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise:”

money bags(Prov. 30:25) “The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer.” Going through Oxford Pearson did not have strong prospects—he was on a scholar­ship. His poor southern U.S. origins did not afford him good family connections. Yet noticing his easy ability to sell weed to his rich class­mates, he just expanded and worked it into a lucrative business he could eventually retire on.

(Prov. 30:26) “The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks.” To produce his quality reefer, he needed “location, staff and technology.” That first factor is the weak link for an agricultural enter­prise requiring lots of room away from prying eyes. England is a small country as it is, and there just isn't much privacy on any available land. The landed gentry, though, have these big estates that are expensive to maintain. He would merely rent property from them and grow underground.

(Prov. 30:27) “The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands.” To get his needed contacts, he made the rounds of cock­tail parties. They weren't under any one person's control per se, but the wealthy folk have learned to use them to congregate.

(Prov. 30:28) “The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings' palaces.” The spider uses her initiative to settle into a fruitful niche all her own. Pearson's wife Ros runs a “safe space” garage for exotic cars owned by women. That provides added income for the family.

Production Values

” (2020) was directed by Guy Ritchie who also contributed to the screen­play. It stars Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, and Michelle Dockery. McConaughey gives a good per­for­mance as the top dog. Hugh Grant gives an inspired per­for­mance as a PI and screen­writer wannabe. All the acting was good.

MPAA rated it R for violence, language through­out, sexual references and drug content. One woman at the showing I attended nearly walked out because of the pervasive drug culture. The movie is lewd, crude and brutal despite its genteel title.

The story uses an artistic device that deserves mention. A blackmailer narrates what he's got on Mickey in the form of a 35 mm film that provides most of the story. This allows for artistic license, embel­lish­ment, and possible rewrite with­out com­pro­mising the main plot. Further­more, there is a second black­mail this time video within the other embedded film. Mercifully it is not shown to the audience, because it is so bad that once seen “it cannot be unseen.” The message, I suppose, is that we'll get over the main feature how­ever disturbing it was at the time.

Review Conclusion w/ Christian Recommendation

I had to decompress after I saw this film, and I go to a lot of movies. It's partly due to the culture difference—they drive on the wrong side of the road over there—, partly due to jungle cruelty lurking beneath gentle­manly man­ners, and partly due to the film-within-a-film offset. We're not spared disturbing images, either—in its car chase the car does crash. Be advised.

Notwithstanding said reservation it was a well made film, but on the order of, “Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?”

Movie Ratings

Action factor: Edge of your seat action-packed. Suitability For Children: Not Suitable for Children of Any Age. Special effects: Awesome special effects. Video Occasion: Over a stiff drink. Suspense: Don't watch this movie alone. Overall movie rating: Four stars out of five.