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THE GENTLEMEN (2019) – My rating: 9/10

The Gentlemen is an action comedy film written and directed by Guy Ritchie, from a story by Ivan Atkinson, Marn Davies, and Ritchie. It follows an American marijuana kingpin in England who is looking to sell his business, setting off a chain of blackmail and schemes to undermine him. Having little knowledge about The Gentlemen, I was pleasantly surprised.

When Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey), an infamous cannabis baron, who is a grower and dealer of marijuana decides he has had enough of the illegal drug profession, the word goes out that he wants to sell his lucrative business.  Several interested buyers compete for the sale. A private investigator Fletcher (Hugh Grant) is hired by Big Dave (Eddie Marsan) to investigate Pearson’s links to Lord Pressfield (Samuel West), a minor Royal with a heroin-addicted daughter. Fletcher offers to sell his findings (typed up as a screenplay entitled Bush) to Pearson’s right-hand man Raymond (Charlie Hunnam) for £20 million. Born in poverty in the US, Pearson won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, where he began selling marijuana to privileged fellow students before dropping out and building up his criminal enterprise by violence. Big Dave has decided to sell his business to American billionaire Matthew Berger (Jeremy Strong) for $400 million so he can retire peacefully with his wife Rosalind (Michelle Dockery).  Pearson is later approached by Dry Eye (Henry Golding), an underboss for Chinese gangster Lord George (Tom Wu) who offers to buy out Pearson’s business, but he refuses. When one of Mickey’s labs is raided by some unprofessional young adults, it is discovered that the crew belongs to Coach (Colin Farrell) who is very apologetic.  Good luck with trying to figure this one out, there’s much more to come.

As you can see, there are several players in The Gentlemen.  As Flecher spins his script to Raymond, you can see how complicated each player’s maneuvers make this an intriguing film.  I thought The Gentlemen was cleverly written and reminded me of several movies that were based on a similar premise, e.g. Knives Out, Parasite, and Uncut Gems.  This movie is fast-moving and will require your full attention in order to keep up. You will have to see The Gentlemen in its entirety as you won’t be able to solve this one on your own.   I was thoroughly entertained and highly recommend The Gentlemen as a refreshing and different tale of “who’s in charge”. As of February 9, 2020, The Gentlemen has grossed $26.9 million in the United States and Canada, and $33.5 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $60.4 million. On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 73% based on 211 reviews, with an average rating of 6.35/10. Check It Out!

 

JACKIE (2016) – My rating: 7/10

jackieJackie is as good as a film about Jackie Kennedy could possibly be, given it only covers the assassination of her husband and Theodore H. White’s (Billy Crudup) Life magazine interview with Jackie as a widow at Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.  Maybe because I lived those days of profound sadness and anger, I didn’t want to ever relive that time again.  It was one day before my birthday, 11/22/63, which ruined it for me, since I absolutely loved John F. Kennedy.  The world seemed to come to a screeching halt, absent of life and any form of happiness, just filled with sadness, tears and disbelief.

Jackie, the wife of John F. Kennedy and mother of Caroline and John, Jr. was sitting next to her husband when his brains were shattered by an assassin’s bullet.  Splattered with blood all over her pink suit, face and hands, Jackie tried to keep John’s brains inside his head while the secret service and other officials arranged proper transportation for JFK to the nearest hospital.  “Jackie” tells the events from the time Kennedy was shot to a time shortly after the funeral when Jackie sat down with Mr. White to be interviewed.  While the film made it hard to relive that horrible time, it was painfully difficult to sit through every thought Jackie had in her head.  Brilliantly acted by Natalie Portman, we learned that Jackie Kennedy had many issues of her own.  There’s not much to tell of this movie because it strictly deals with Jackie, Camelot and Bobby F. Kennedy (Peter Sarsgaard) during the immediate aftermath of Kennedy’s death.  President Kennedy was painted as an excellent president, nothing more and nothing less.  If you’d like to learn how Jackie felt at that time, rent the DVD.  Jackie is informative, if nothing else!

[Jackie is nominated for Best Actress, Costume Design and Original Score]

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JOY (2015) – My rating: 8/10

JoyJoy is based on someones real life but this is not their true story. Joy is a semi-biographical story of a divorced mother with two children in the early 1990s who became a multi-millionaire by inventing the Miracle Mop among other inventions. Joy’s full name is Joy Mangano (Jennifer Lawrence) and in this film she is living the “mother” of set ups; Joy and her mother, Terry (Virginia Madsen) live on the main floor, Joy’s ex-husband, Tony Miranne (Édgar Ramírez) live in the basement, the children and her grandmother, Mimi (Diane Ladd) live up stairs. To top things off, her father’s 3rd wife Cindy (Drena De Niro) has just returned him to Joy, for good, so now he’s living with Joy’s ex-husband in the basement. I should add that Joy’s husband and father, Rudy Mangano (Robert De Niro) hate each other. Joy also has a half sister Peggy, (Elisabeth Röhm) who is very close to her father but are miles apart from her sister Joy. Peggy uses every chance she gets to exploit Joy, needless to say, they do not get along.  Despite Joy’s crazy life, she manages to stay focused on her dream of becoming an entrepreneur.  While sailing on her father’s newest girlfriend Trudy’s (Isabella Rossellini) yacht, Joy gets an idea when she cuts her hand cleaning up a spill from a broken glass of wine.  This incident leads to Trudy becoming Joy’s financier, which eventually leads to Joy meeting Neil Walker, (Bradley Cooper) an executive at QVC.  Dascha Polanco plays Jackie, Joy’s best friend who was instrumental in motivating Joy throughout the entire process. There are many, many players in this movie and even thought it seems as though I’ve given the whole story away, I’m far from it.  We all know of the Miracle Mop because most of us purchased one, at least I did.  Many more characters show up and many more twist and turns happen.

 I think you’ll enjoy Joy.  It’s entertaining, well acted and funny.  I was delighted to see Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence back together again.  They did a terrific job acting out this film.  This is a sign of true acting when the same actors and actresses can get together and play entirely different roles and still be convincing.

[Joy is nominated for Best Actress]