The Gentlemen: Crimes Have Never Been This Distinguished 


Guy Ritchie returns with yet another impeccably tailored offering, presenting ‘The Gentlemen’ – a spin-off series derived from its 2019 cinematic predecessor. The original film, ‘The Gentlemen’, earned its stripes as a quintessential gangster tale. However, can its inaugural spin-off endeavour live up to its illustrious reputation?

A Mere Facade of Gangsterism

The Gentlemen: Crimes Have Never Been This Distinguished 
Indeed, one might say it’s quite the refined approach to criminal enterprise, wouldn’t you agree, mate?

While the series revolves around the sordid realms of drug cartels, extortion, and turf warfare, it exudes an air of refinement that belies its criminal underpinnings. The characters, all of aristocratic stock, engage in nefarious deeds, yet do so clad in bespoke suits, sipping fine wines, and puffing on cigars.

This is quintessential Guy Ritchie—drawing from his oeuvre that includes titles like The Man from UNCLE, Operation Fortune, and the Sherlock Holmes franchise, he effortlessly elevates criminality to a realm of sophistication and distinction.

Indeed, audiences often find themselves transported to the world of high-stakes business negotiations rather than the gritty milieu of criminality.

A Redemption for The Cast

The Gentlemen: Crimes Have Never Been This Distinguished 
The cast is rather easy on the eyes, wouldn’t you say? Quite the distinguished bunch, indeed.

At the series’ helm are Theo James and Kaya Scodelario. Prior to this venture, both actors were primarily known for their roles in poorly adapted dystopian young-adult films: Divergent and Maze Runners, respectively.

However, in ‘The Gentlemen’ series, they are afforded an opportunity to showcase their acting prowess anew. Theo James expertly embodies the character of Eddie Horniman—calm yet brilliant in problem-solving. Similarly, Kaya Scodelario impeccably portrays Susan Glass—a professional yet menacing business magnate.

Offscreen Antics?

The Gentlemen: Crimes Have Never Been This Distinguished 
One might suggest that a bit more action and firepower would add a touch of excitement to the proceedings. Would that be the truth, old chap?

One of the series’ most vexing aspects is its treatment of offscreen action. At its core, ‘The Gentlemen’ remains steeped in criminal intrigue, yet fails to deliver the requisite action sequences synonymous with the genre.

The series often builds tension masterfully, only to abruptly segue to the subsequent scene, leaving the violence implied rather than depicted on screen.

This trend persists throughout the series—be it Eddie’s skirmish with a chef in a Chinese restaurant, his and Susan’s escape from a clandestine dungeon belonging to a Hitler admirer, or the tense standoff as loan sharks encircle Eddie’s estate—all are relegated to offscreen occurrences.

To Draw Our Discourse to Its Culmination…

The Gentlemen: Crimes Have Never Been This Distinguished 
Watching such a splendid production is indeed a jolly good time, innit, my distinguished companion?

In summary, despite its shortcomings, “The Gentlemen” series offers a captivating and refined take on the crime genre. While it may diverge from conventional gangster tropes, director Guy Ritchie’s signature flair infuses the series with an aura of sophistication and allure. Theo James and Kaya Scodelario shine in their roles, showcasing their acting versatility to great effect.

However, the series’ reluctance to depict onscreen action may leave viewers yearning for more visceral moments. Nonetheless, with its engaging narrative, charismatic characters, and stylish presentation, “The Gentlemen” series earns a commendable 8 out of 10 rating, establishing itself as a notable addition to the crime-drama genre.


  • Muzhameer Putra

    Student by day, writer by night. If it's cinematic, I'll get it right. I'm a big fan of superheroes, cinemas, science, and history. But most of all, I just love good stories.

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