Sometimes a compelling short film comes to us from an unexpected place—like “The Gentleman’s Wager II,” starring Jude Law, Giancarlo Giannini, and Zhao Wei, presented by Johnnie Walker Blue Label. This project has us hooked with its whimsical premise, gorgeous scenery, and clever cameos.
The film follows a bet placed by Law’s and Giannini’s characters that Law can’t make it to Monaco in Giannini’s rundown vintage racecar (his most cherished possession) by noon the next day. The prize? The winner keeps both the car and the villa. The catch? This car hasn’t been driven in 40 years, and it’s up to Law to get it back into racing shape before he can even leave the garage.
Once he hits the road, we see Law’s character enjoying the journey in this classic (but finicky) racecar. Still, he isn’t so worried about winning that he can’t take time to stop and help a beautiful woman with car troubles of her own, or share a meal with a local family—and both detours pay off, first when the family helps repair the car and again in the final stretch of Law’s journey, when the “damsel in distress” comes to his rescue by helping him reach the finish line.
Throughout the drive, it’s clear that whether he wins or loses, Law is happy just to spend time with this one-of-a-kind machine. And for us, that’s the takeaway: it doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you do it with love and share that passion with others. The blenders at Johnnie Walker exemplify this attitude—they take their craft seriously, not out of responsibility but out of joy. The film shows that this approach works; the small expressions of gratitude to (and from) the people he meets make Law victorious no matter what. And winning the car and villa? Well, that doesn’t hurt either.
This post is sponsored by Johnnie Walker Blue Label.