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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…
a great film, i'll watch anything by jonathan glazer
it's hard to say no
Good on LB for deleting my super offensive Sexy Beast review and briefly taking away my right to comment
What are they some kindaaaa Hitler or something?????
Ben Kingsley is good actor mang
Ben Kingsley is electric in this movie. I could watch at least five more movies with this character. He's funny, scary, and ultimately unpredictable. The best uses of the word "cunt" since In Bruges. Sexy Beast is an exercise in style, and it works. The story on the other hand feels a bit uninteresting, or at least in the final act. It loses steam, and it severely misses Kingsley when he is not present. All-in-all solid, but not incredible like it could've been.
Part of 333 Great Directors Project.
Snarling, vicious first hour that seems to be mocking the cliches turns into mocking a different sort of cliche.
ralph fiennes would play kingsley's character to greater effect a decade later in IN BRUGES
Increíble el desperdicio del inolvidable personaje de Ben Kingsley, lo que podría haber sido esta película.... y NO ES, una pena, los responsables de Sexy Beast no sabían lo que tenían entre manos con este personaje y hacen algo tan grosero como desperdiciarlo para contar algo anodino y mil veces visto...
Watched at the launch of 2016'S Eastleigh Film Festival
Really fun movie! Both Ray Winstone and Ben Kingsley were awesome in it and it's always great seeing Ian McShane. Loved the dialogue, love the plot and loved the rabbit man, what more can you ask for.
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