After the release of “RocknRolla” in 2008, filmmaker Guy Ritchie took a break from investigating the darkly humorous adventures of British criminals with his trademark frantic energy and wit. After working on movies as diverse as the live-action “Aladdin,” Robert Downey Jr.’s “Sherlock Holmes,” and “King Arthur,” the filmmaker returned to his rougher beginnings in 2019 with “The Gentlemen.”

“The Gentlemen” follows Michael “Mickey” Pearson (Matthew McConaughey), a drug lord in the United Kingdom who is bored of ruling the underground and wants to sell his vast empire. His empire starts to disintegrate as possible buyers throw a spanner in the works.

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“The Gentlemen,” like Ritchie’s previous films “Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels” and “Snatch,” follows a diverse array of people whose tales intertwine before clashing violently at the conclusion. However, the conclusion is easy to get lost in since there are so many crooks, drug dealers, fighters, and unscrupulous businesspeople engaged in Pearson’s enterprise. Thankfully, with a cast that includes Charlie Hunnam, Hugh Grant, Colin Farrell, and Henry Golding, it’s entertaining to see all of these disparate people collide.

So, what’s Pearson’s plan to salvage his company? At the conclusion of the film, whose fate is in jeopardy? Is there any potential for a follow-up? Let’s look at “The Gentlemen’s” finale.

Mickey Pearson is selling his company for a variety of reasons.

“The Gentlemen” quickly establishes that Mickey Pearson spurned a prominent tabloid newspaper editor known as Big Dave (Eddie Marsan), who promises to take Pearson down in retaliation for making him look like an idiot in front of his buddies. Sounds petty, but hey, the movie is stronger for it since it sends sleazy detective Fletcher (Hugh Grant) after Pearson to dig up dirt on the cannabis magnate.

In an attempt to extort £20 million from Pearson, Fletcher reveals what he’s learned about the gangster’s company to Raymond “Ray” Smith (Charlie Hunnam). The narrative device, on the other hand, communicates to the spectator that, despite the fact that the big boss has built a massive empire, Pearson is tired of living on the wrong side of the law. (He should have been dubbed “Machete Mickey” because he created his company via excessive violence.)

Pearson just wants to sell his marijuana company — which is hidden beneath elegant houses throughout the United Kingdom — before the government discovers it can legalize the substance and make billions in tax revenue. Pearson would be able to retire with his wife, Rosalind (Michelle Dockery), and establish a family of his own, providing his children the luxurious childhood he lacked until his scholarship whisked him away from the United States and deposited him at the University of Oxford as a youngster.

The storyline of Matthew Berger

So, who did Mickey Pearson want to sell his house to? That’s when Matthew Berger (Jeremy Strong) enters the picture. The billionaire has his sights set on the profitable industry, having made an initial offer of £400 million to Pearson. He is not, however, the buddy he pretends to be, as he is subtly manipulating the scenario in order to defraud Pearson of millions of dollars and profit much more. Greed is a powerful motivator. Berger is covertly collaborating with Chinese mobster Dry Eye (Henry Golding) to sabotage Pearon’s cannabis output in order to secure a better bargain.

With the addition of Dry Eye, Colin Farrell’s Coach, as well as a group of warriors known as the Toddlers, joins the fray. The teenage boxers are all looking for a fight and a way to supplement their income, which is why they leap at the chance to loot one of Pearson’s marijuana dispensaries after receiving a tip from Dry Eye. The fighters had a burgeoning YouTube channel, and the film of the farm that they collected would clearly expose Pearson’s operation if it was released, making him exposed to police. Berger subsequently clarifies that this would need shutting down his business for an extended period of time and relocating them elsewhere.

It’s a devious ploy, and Berger may have pulled it off as well. Unfortunately, Fletcher’s extortion attempt proved to Ray Smith that Berger was colluding with Dry Eye in exchange for putting the gangster in charge of the Chinese gangs operating in London. Dry Eye only grew so power-hungry because he believes his uncle, Lord George (Tom Wu), has become a puppet of Pearson rather than a fearsome criminal leader. So, while Fletcher is an evident scumbag, he’s a helpful scumbag — and it’s a lot of fun to see Hugh Grant surprise people by portraying a character like that rather than his usual charming Englishmen roles.

Pearson avenges himself.

When Ray Smith and Mickey Pearson put the puzzle pieces together, it becomes evident to the American that he isn’t finished with his empire, and he isn’t going to sell it cheaply to a backstabbing jerk like Matthew Berger. Pearson deftly confronts the billionaire about the offer while seeming to accept it, remaining cool, calm, and collected until going off the handle and compelling him to give him £270 million in compensation. Pearson also wants a pound of flesh from Berger because Dry Eye almost assaulted Rosalind earlier in the film.

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Pearson is demonstrating that he isn’t weak or easily misled merely because he was considering exiting his firm. Berger is imprisoned in a freezer with one of Pearson’s thugs, and we never see him again. He’s either dead or seriously injured as a result of his adventure, according to reports. What, after all, would Pearson do with the pound of flesh he demanded? Isn’t that something you’d want to hang above your fireplace?