The Gentlemen (2024) Season 1 Review – A Guy Ritchie’s story delivered with his signature swagger

Season 1

 

 

Episode Guide

Episode 1 -| Review Score – 4/5
Episode 2 -| Review Score – 4/5
Episode 3 -| Review Score – 4/5
Episode 4 -| Review Score – 4/5
Episode 5 -| Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 6 -| Review Score – 4/5
Episode 7 -| Review Score – 4/5
Episode 8 -| Review Score – 4/5

 

When it comes to entertainment excellence, Netflix’s latest Guy Ritchie show The Gentleman ticks all the boxes, serving as a spiritual homage to his 2019 film sporting the same name. The show is sleek, street-smart, and engaging from start to finish, leaving you with many more positive adjectives to describe it after you’ve seen it! The show sometimes adopts a pulp fiction structure, particularly during its high points. 

Edward Horniman, also known as Eddie, is a peacekeeping officer on the Turkish border. However, he’s unexpectedly summoned back to his hometown of Halstead, Essex, due to his father’s frail health. Shortly after his arrival, Eddie’s father, the Duke of Halstead, passes away. As per the last will of Archibald Horniman, Eddie inherits the role of the new Duke of Halstead, setting the stage for the rest of the series.

Upon assuming his new title, Eddie finds a secret lurking within his family’s estate in the form of an illegal weed lab run by Susie Glass.  Both Eddie and Susan find themselves in an unlikely friendship and join forces to overcome the obstacles they face while also trying to outmanoeuvre one another.

Both Eddie and Susan have brothers who are equally troublesome, dim-witted, and overly ambitious, which sometimes causes problems for their loved ones. As they strive to distance themselves from each other, the show explores their journey forward. Surrounding them are other powerful figures like Stanley Johnston, Henry Collins, Mercy, and others, who closely follow Eddie and Susan’s actions.

How Eddie deals with Susan and these over-ambitious characters and how far he goes to protect his family forms the crux of the story. There are friendships, family values, business rivalries, heartbreaks, betrayals, and more, all of which contribute to making Eddie and Susan’s world feel believable and authentic, something Guy Ritchie does better than any other filmmaker. While the plot may not be entirely new, the creator’s narrative style sets the show apart and ensures it’s a memorable and fresh pie. 

The Gentleman’s storytelling stays true to its genre, offering a perfect mix of action and comedy across its episodes. The show’s pulpy treatment makes it more entertaining. During intense moments, the makers heighten the drama with speed ramps and operatic music.

There’s a memorable scene where one character wields a large chopper, and clever editing tricks make it seem like the victim transforms into a vampire, with exaggerated blood splatter and eerie movements. The show’s background music is a standout feature, adding to its unique appeal.

The lavish production design and visually stunning framing elevate the grandeur to new heights, which are all staples of a Guy Ritchie creation. While the plot may not break new ground, the screenplay is exceptionally well-written, and the story moves at a brisk pace, contributing to its pulpy feel.

The Horniman brothers are the most interesting characters compared to all the other crazies.  Apart from the entertainment quotient, the series excels in character development. The clumsy and addicted brother steals the show in the first few episodes, with Daniel Ings delivering a stunning performance as Frederick Horniman.

Freddy is depicted as both an addict and a troublemaker, causing havoc for those around him. In one scene, Freddy wears a chicken costume, and Daniel’s performance at that time leaves everyone in stitches. Another example of polished writing is seen when Freddy’s pants are taken by the other addicts in the Duke’s house. 

On the flip side, Duke Edward undergoes a significant character transformation throughout the series. Initially, he tries to distance himself from Susan’s world, but as the story progresses, he evolves into something different. The chemistry between Susan and Eddie is palpable and makes their interactions meaty.

As the plot unfolds, you’ll find yourself sympathizing with both Susan and Eddie, hoping for them to get romantically involved. In addition to Eddie and Susan, the character of Geoff Seacombe, the father figure adds another interesting dynamic to the story. Despite lacking a defined arc or background, you’ll still find yourself drawn to Geoff and appreciate his role within the story. 

The show also offers insightful commentary worth mentioning. One is how Edward’s attempts to escape the dark world only seem to entangle him further, much like quicksand; once you’re in, it’s hard to get out. This mirrors the idea of deceit, where one lie often leads to another to maintain the façade.

Another point is the portrayal of media as a tool for the powerful rather than a weapon of truth. It highlights the shift from being servants of facts to being beholden to money and influence, indicating a loss of press freedom.

 If you’re seeking a truly unique premise, ‘The Gentleman’ may not offer anything ground-breaking. However, if you’re in search of a compelling and captivating show, then this is one you’ll surely enjoy. Overall, it’s a solid choice.


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