Originally written by Q.V. Hough for Screen Rant
Directed by Guy Ritchie, The Gentlemen includes old school music to match the main characters' collective style. Oscar-winning composer and mixer Christopher Benstead (Gravity) scores the crime thriller with numerous atmospheric tracks, but it's the mainstream and independent genre music that punctuates key moments, both comedically and dramatically. The Gentlemen received a wide U.S. release on January 24, 2020.
The Gentlemen explores the power dynamics in London's criminal underworld. Marijuana kingpin Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey) contemplates a retirement, and plans to sell his "location, staff, and technology" to an intellectual businessman named Matthew Berger (Jeremy Strong). Meanwhile, up-and-coming gangster Dry Eye (Henry Golding) offends Mickey simply by making an offer, while investigative journalist Fletcher (Hugh Grant) watches from afar and plots a plan to earn 20 million quid. The Gentlemen's storyline revolves around Fletcher's story, as told to Mickey's right-hand man Raymond (Charlie Hunnam), and whether or not one of the men is bluffing. The Gentlemen features supporting performances from Michelle Dockery, Colin Farrell, and Eddie Marsan.
Unlike the typical mainstream action or comedy film, The Gentlemen's narrative pacing doesn't rely heavily on familiar billboard hits. Instead, well-placed tracks establish a specific vibe, which is then underlined by Benstead's score. However, the film is still book-ended by a little rock 'n' roll, which will undoubtedly make some moviegoers curious about adding the selected tracks to personal playlists. Here's every song in The Gentlemen.
"Cumberland Gap" - David Rawlings
"Sunshine of Your Love" - Cream
"Vitamin C" - Can
"Count Your Blessings" - Mattiel
"The Snake" - Johnny Rivers
"Bush" - Bugzy Malone"
"In Every Dream Home a Heartache" - Roxy Music
"Oh Shit" - The Pharcyde
"Shimmy Shimmy Ya" - El Michels Affair
"Brothers on the Slide" - Cymande
"Free Me" - Paul Jones
"That's Entertainment" - The Jam
The Gentlemen opens with "Cumberland Gap" as Mickey delivers a "King of the Jungle" monologue. Soon after, "Vitamin C" plays during the introduction of Mickey's wife, Rosalind (Dockery); a trippy song that has previously been used in both Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice and Pedro Almodóvar's Broken Embraces (Los abrazos rotos). When Mickey's underground location is raided, "Bush" plays while the artist himself, Bugzy Malone, performs in a meta YouTube clip as the character Ernie.
During a chase scene featuring Raymond, "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" (originally recorded by Ol' Dirty Bastard) is heard and continues on during a dramatic machine gun sequence. When all seems lost for Mickey in a climactic moment, "Free Me" captures the character's frame of mind. The Gentlemen ends with "That's Entertainment," a fitting track given the narrative implications.
The Gentlemen is now playing at Regal.