film

The Gentlemen

I’ve been excited about this since I saw the first trailer in the cinema. It’s a nicely put together, Guy Ritchie directed Gangster film, with a few big names in it. The plot and setting feels real complex - every player in the game is trying to outsmart everyone else. Hugh Grant plays a journalist who tries to be top dog in the pile and outsmart everyone else. As happens in other Ritchie films I’ve seen (Snatch both comes to mind and is a personal favourite), each of the players is introduced, we get to know them and then we see their paths intersect, their intentions slowly get revealed as the film comes towards a crescendo. …

Knives Out

This was a pretty enjoyable ride from start to finish. The film is a Agatha Christie-eqsue whodunnit, with a simple premise. It’s very simply staged, with 3 obvious scenes, the first two playing out in a single location, more or less, and then the final stretching out into the world a little as the noose tightens around everyone’s neck. The story was nicely written - as the plot advances, everything becomes more convoluted and unclear. …