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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.
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.
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.
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…
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…
Pretty wild stuff. You really can see Under the Skin from here...
I wish i was retired even more now. Ben Kingsley as Don is like a stream of consciousness of vitriol and expletives. I don't recall seeing Winstone in anything before, but I doubt I'll forget him in this. Top notch performances all around.
El 95% de actores interpretando el papel de Ben Kingsley en "Sexy Beast" resultarían pasados de vueltas, histriónicos, exagerados y al final, risibles. Kingsley simplemente acojona.
"No, you are going to have to turn this opportunity yes!"
Brutal gangster Don Logan recruits "retired" safecracker Gal for one last job, but it goes badly for both of them.
I remember there being a decent amount of 90's British gangster movies and this was and still is the best of that bunch.
Jonathan Glazer is such a unique and interesting film-maker and he has this amazing knack for polluting the normal with strange, intriguing imagery and ideas. This film has an incredible tension where you know that things are going to go 'tits up', it's just a matter of when and that wait is incredibly entertaining. A great performance from all of the cast, amazing visuals as per usual from Glazer.
Yesterday I discovered that my eldest son had never seen Sexy Beast so as a good parent standing by Waterstones' dvd counter I was able to buy the film and fill that astonishing gap in his film viewing. It's a film that deserves to be in any list of best British films (well perhaps not a list of best British films for children) as everything about it is so very well done.
I was tipped off to this film by way of the "Don Logan Effect" wherein one performance completely overshadows everything. Suffice to say, this is an excellent summary of Sexy Beast and I don't have any problem with that.
A visually beautiful film but sadly it isn't an interesting film which lets it down. However it does offer a phenomenal performance by Ben Kingsley.
19% out of 100%
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Jonathan Glazer is one of my favorite directors. I didn't know anything about this movie, I'm glad I watched it. I'd put it next to Snatch and Dom Hemingway, but this one is more serious. A man with a history of violence experiences his past come back to mess with his hard-earned, comfortable retirement. I could feel the fear and dread as these ex-gangsters who've 'left the life' face the threat that looms over them with inevitability, and the unsavory characters they wanted to leave behind. Ben Kingsley is brilliant as the unwelcome, buzz-killing psycho-gangster disturbing the peace. Ian McShane's chilling embodiment of evil is palpably affective. I also liked Ray Winstone, sort of sneaking by, narrowly avoiding very dangerous consequences, playing treachery against treachery and escaping death through blind luck and balls. The boulder incident at the beginning is symbolic of this. And the underwater vault-heist is awesome. Definitely do check this one out.
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