Director Guy RItchie’s newest comedy has a crazy cast of characters, non-stop action, complex set-ups and great acting, which all adds up to one wild ride.
Matthew McConaughey plays Mickey, an American that is a top marijuana grower in England. He hangs out with aristocrats , and in exchange for paying for their costly estate upkeep, he uses their vast land holdings to hide his underground facilities.
Mickey gets an offer to buy him out from a young up-and-coming thug, and the encounter turns into a violent free for all. A number of factions come out of the woodwork, but they all have one thing in common, they all want Mickey’s business, and are willing to kill anyone who gets in their way.
The story is told by Fletcher (played by Hugh Grant), a private eye out to make a quick buck by trying to extort millions from Mickey’s right hand man (Charlie Hunnan). He’s written down all of Mickey’s criminal exploits in a script that he threatens to release to the press, unless he’s paid off.
One wacky character outdoes the next. Grant is terrific as the opportunistic Fletcher. He’s almost unrecognizable with a goatee, dark glasses and a big grin, he just oozes sleaziness. Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey) plays Mickey’s sleek wife. She is as comfortable with profanity and a gun as she is in a pair of high heels.
But, the actor that really made me laugh was Colin Farrell. He plays a boxing coach of troubled young men who puts himself and his students in the middle of the fray.
If you can get over the non-stop vulgarities and complicated storyline (which all makes sense about half way through), you’ll be treated to a silly, satisfying, unique comedy.