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There's a bit of the beast in all of us.
Gary is a former gangster who has made a modest amount of money from his criminal career. Happy to put his life of crime behind him, he has retired with his wife Deedee to the sunny bliss of rural Spain, where he lives an idyllic life with his family and a few close friends. But Gary's contentment is ruptured by an unwelcome visitor from his past. Don.
According to IMDb:
"Ben Kingsley claims the character of Don Logan is largely based on his grandmother."
I was going to rate this four stars, but fuck it...have five. RIP Ben's Grandma.
After a spellbinding experience with Under the Skin, I was anxious to see Jonathan Glazer’s other work and I can safely say that Sexy Beast is definitely another incredible film of his resume. The dark humor keeps you entertained throughout the entire movie but there’s also a very interesting conflict lived by Ray Winstone’s character. The actor gives one his best performances and Ben Kingsley is absolutely insane on screen. He truly shines in this unconventional role, showing how versatile he can be. His presence was always unsettling and intimidating to watch. The other segment with Ian McShane was also engaging and his interactions with Winstone were quite memorable. Jonathan Glazer adds some surreal imagery and a strangely poetic quality to the dialogues, showing glimpses of what would come later in his career with Under the Skin. He is already becoming of my favorite directors and I can hardly wait to watch Birth.
Just when I thought I'd seen it all (just kidding, obviously I haven't, I haven't even seen The Godfather Part II, it's a rhetorical device, try to keep up), Jonathan Glazer comes out with one of the most creative crime films of the new millennium. I went into Sexy Beast knowing nothing about it except that I absolutely loved Glazer's Under the Skin, and it put me so far on the edge of my seat wondering where it was going to go that I recommend anyone with any interest in gangster movies to check it out before reading anything else.
There's no big central twist or anything like that, it's just so well executed and such a slightly shifted portrayal…
Film #2 in Driver’s December Death Penalty AKA The December Project , which is part of Cinebro's The December Challenge. 1 month, 100 movies.
"Shut up, c**t. You louse. You got some f**kin' neck ain't you. Retired? F**k off, you're revolting. Look at your suntan, it's leather, it's like leather man, your skin. We could make a f**king suitcase out of you. Like a crocodile, fat crocodile, fat bastard. You look like f**king Idi Amin, you know what I mean? Stay here? You should be ashamed of yourself. Who do you think you are? King of the castle? Cock of the walk? What you think this is, the wheel of fortune? You think you can make your dough…
Oh, bloody hell. Fockin' lunacy. Fockin' sexy.
Angry blokes swearin'.
Some crazy cunt in a stupid bunny suit, some in stupid man suits. Oh, bloody hell. Ghandi swears like a God. Ohhhh. Ridiculous. Tremendous. Fantastic. Fan-dabby-dozy ---- tastic.
Now this is a gangster film that will get under your skin.
This is the directorial debut from Jonathan Glazer, who many of you will know from this year's Under the Skin. Every quality that that makes UTS such a powerful film is present in Sexy Beast. It's just not fully developed yet. It's one of the best looking gangster films I've seen. One of the best British gangster films I've seen and something that makes sure it stands out from the crowd.
Glazer knows how to frame a shot. From the first scene onwards, every shot seems like it has been tailor made to impress the viewer. But don't get caught staring at the pretty pictures because this movie…
Ben Kingsley is phenomenal.
Quite the funniest film I have seen in a while. An Austin comedy of manners. Dead good.
"How much did Don say you were getting?"
"We didn't go into specifics."
"Well, I'm gonna give you a tenner."
When I see little 4 minute compilations of Don Logan's best bits on Youtube, I always think "Well, that's wrong." Every single moment he's onscreen is the best bit.
obviously Ben Kingsley is UNBELIEVABLE in this
but also distinguished by Ian McShane's best performance in film
I really wish Jonathan Glazer were more prolific. In his first movie he's already made the best Danny Boyle film ever, as well as made Guy Ritchie's entire career totally obsolete. I thought Under the Skin was a pretty cool mood piece, but I would prefer a ton of medium-energy, lifelike things like this one here to waiting a ton of time for super studied, self-serious pieces like that or Birth.
"What, you think this is the wheel of fortune? You think you can make your dough and fuck off? Leave the table? Thanks Don, see you Don, off to sunny Spain now Don, fuck off Don."
Another I used to dislike that's turned into a new all-time favourite... I'm just glad I finally see Sexy Beast for the vicious, hilarious, tense, endlessly quotable delight it's always praised as being.
What I always liked most about Sexy Beast was the sense of unpredictability it was given by Ben Kingsley's portrayal of Don Logan. I was very impressed with Ray Winstone's performance this time around, but Ben Kingsley as Don Logan has to be one of my favourite performances from any actor.…
Was that the Donnie Darko bunny?
Great film, the heist was just a bonus.
There was so mich I missed the first time I watched it. This is such a good film, but I almost think its ruined by the heist, this is a film about characters, about people and the heist itself gets in the way of it a bit and dilutes it slightly, still absolutely brilliant.
What is often overlooked, due to the maniacal invasion of Kingsley's Don Logan character, is the moving love story between the married couple played by Ray Winstone and Amanda Redman. This naturally ups the stakes as Winstone's criminal past from the London underworld reaches out and threatens his queen and castle (an idyllic Mediterranean Spanish villa). Kingsley gets all the quotable manic dialogue, but it's the quiet and tender moments between Winstone and Redman that make this film quite memorable. At its heart, Sexy Beast is more romance than crime thriller.
loved this film for the first 1hr or so and then it gets to the heist. I was so into this movie as long as Ben Kingsley was on the screen. He just killed it in this movie and was so deserving of the Oscar nomination for his performance. Then we get to Britain and the movie just kind of drags for me. But overall a really great movie elevated to excellent because of a tour de force performance. This get 4/5 stars.
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