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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.
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…
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.
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…
"You're the fucking problem you fucking Dr White honkin' jam-rag fucking spunk-bubble!" ~ Don Logan
This crime drama was director Jonathan Glazer's feature debut, and he certainly started with bang. Set mainly in Spain, it tells the story of retired safecracker Gary 'Gal' Dove (Ray Winstone), who wants nothing more in life now than to lie by the pool, soaking up sunshine and being loved by his wife DeeDee (Amanda Redman). Unfortunately, his former criminal associates want him to do a job in London and they send psychopathic enforcer Don Logan (Ben Kingsley) to recruit him and take nothing but "yes" for an answer.
Rounding out the cast are Gal's similarly retired British friends Aitch (Cavan Kendall) and Jackie (Julianne White), along with Ian McShane as criminal mastermind Teddy Bass. However, it is Kingsley who steals every scene he is in, creating a character so menacing that it got him a well-deserved Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Jonathan Glazer has been back in the spotlight in recent months after the success and ingenuity of his indecipherable film,Under The Skin. This debut effort from 2000 however features one of the most menacing and most unforgettable performances in the last twenty years. Sir Ben Kingsley is one of those actors that can turn his hand to anything. A polished performer, he has a chameleon-like quality where he can switch between wonderful English accents and any other nationality with elegant ease. A man of many talents, he may have won an Oscar in 1982 for Gandhi, but this is without a doubt his most memorable role.
Opening on a sun-kissed Spanish Villa where Ray Winstone is lobster red, the tone…
After only one viewing (and now, over two months later), I'm not sure what to say about this, except that I loved it. A kissing cousin to one of my favorites, 44-Inch Chest, Sexy Beast is a blistering, stunning thrill. Give me these swings on the gangster genre any day. Give me darkness, or give me bright blues and golds, blood and dirt, sunburns and white leather. Give me Ray Winstone, always, with his voice and his ferocity and his tenderness. Give me Ben Kingsley as a fucking psychopath. Give me stylized, stylish violence, and tense, lyrical sequences. I want it all, and this movie has it.
A fantastic, fun, irreverent deconstruction of male aggression and posturing that gets better every time I revisit it. Glazer's residual music video sensibilities certainly impact the flow of the story, but I don't care. I also credit it with introducing me to The Stranglers, and "Peaches" is one of the best songs ever made.
Stomach turning tension from start to finish.
A classic study in verbal and nonverbal aggression.
Brutal gangster Don Logan recruits "retired" safecracker Gal for one last job, but it goes badly for both of them.
I thought I had seen Sexy Beast years ago but I soon realised that I was wrong, but as a big fan of Under the Skin and an admirer of Birth I was looking forward to it. Sexy Beast is great, while it's a straightforward story there are enough stylistic flourishes to indicate what would come in the future.
First of all Glazer gets the tone of the sort of people who moved to the Costa Del Sol in the 80's/90's perfectly, if you've ever been on holiday to a Spanish resort you can't move for the "Brits abroad" mentality you get here.
I'm not a big fan of Ray Winstone but the role of Gal Dove is perfect for his cockney persona, Ben Kingsley is scary as the unhinged Logan and McShane is always cool.
Kingsley packs some unnerving violent energy that can be mesmerizing. Beautiful photography.
I expected something more like Snatch than Under the Skin, but Glazer's skills and artistry were already well-formed in his debut. Greatness.
A classic. Glazer's mise-en-scène is tightly controlled, a fine counterpoint to the chaos Don brings to blistering coastal Spain. And the second part of the movie also provides balance, its dark hues contrasting the sunny scenes that go before. Winstone and Kingsley are perfectly paired.
Sexy Beast is a stylish and memorable debut film from Jonathan Glazer. The film's strengths include its sharp dialogue, great performances, and stylized direction. Kingsley graces the film with an air of menace as the memorable Don Logan. Winstone and McShane are also give strong performances. Glazer's direction provides many inspired and inventive shots throughout. Scenes like the under water heist, the boulder fall, and the film's final scene show Glazer as a director capable of translating his unique work in commercials to film. While Sexy Beast isn't a deep character study, or a thematically rich film, it does help establish Jonathan Glazer as one of Britain's most talented filmmakers. It's also a fine gangster picture to boot.
What the hell language was this movie in? Even with the closed captioning on I still only understood about 50%. Anyhow, Ben Kingsley was great and carried this film. His performance alone is worth watching this movie.
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