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  • "Play a game with me Raymond"

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    And that game is Guy Ritchie getting back to what he does best. And getting back to it well.

    It took me by surprise when the trailer for this dropped; I had no idea Ritchie was back in the gangster game. It's been a while, but this film proves he shouldn't have left it for so long.

    With shades of Lock Stock, Snatch and RocknRolla, this is familiar territory for Ritchie, and he proves he still has the panache to pull off a competent twisting story about the grimy underworld he has always portrayed so well. Ritchie also gives us a gangster story for 2020 too. It's not easy being a criminal with modern technology recording your every move.

    And it also helps when you assemble a stellar cast to go with it.

    McConaughey never really gets out of 2nd gear, but is believable enough as the American head of a drug producing enterprise who is looking to get out of the game. Cue a young pretender (shades of RocknRolla's story here) and it's not long before things start to get a bit messy.

    Charlie Hunnam is also good value as McConaughey's 'consigliere'. It's a measured role, but he gets ample opportunity along the way to get his hands dirty and deliver some of the films best lines. There's also good support from Mr. Reliable Eddie Marsan, Henry Golding and Michelle Dockery.

    However the film does belong to these two gentlemen - Hugh Grant and Colin Farrell. Grant has grown on me a lot in recent years, and has proven now he's much more versatile an actor than just a floppy-haired lovesick puppy. His conniving and duplicitous Fletcher is at the heart of the story, and Grant is definitely having a lot of fun with this role.

    And as for Farrell - well there's a spin off in the waiting here. His "Coach" character - along with his bunch of 'not too bright' interns - steal the film come the end. He has some great lines and most of the film's best moments. I've documented on here before that I'm not his biggest fan, but I'm happy now to reassess that line of thought. This was a great little performance, and like Grant he must have enjoyed playing his part immensely.

    By the time the credits roll I think you too will have had fun with this. I wasn't bored at any point, and there were some genuine laughs to be had along the way. I'm already looking forward to a home viewing.

    A most welcome return to the fold for Ritchie.

    Pros

    • Great characters
    • Cool little story
    • Grant and Farrell both brilliant
    • Ritchie back to what he does best
    • Shades of Lock Stock and Snatch

    Cons

    • A tad short

    Scores

    8

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