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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.
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…
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.
"Not this fucking time. No. No no no no no no no no! No! No no no no no no no no no no no no no! No! Not this fucking time! No fucking way! No fucking way, no fucking way, no fucking way! You've made me look a right cunt!"
No. No no no no no no no no no! No! No no no no no no no no no no no no no! No!
Fucking fantastic. British gangsters as done by an artist with Under The Skin in the back of his mind. All of the performances here are absolutely superb. Ray Winstone is riveting. Ben Kingsley is explosive. Amanda Redman captivated me. Sexy Beast combines the various pleasures of your typical British gangster film with the visionary style of Jonathan Glazer. It's one of the most accomplished debuts we'll ever see.
One of my favorite aspects of Jonathan Glazer's style - particularly considering his start in music videos and commercials - is his patience. This is a film ostensibly about a heist, but the heist is more a MacGuffin than anything; this is a vicious movie with a very endearing playfulness (I couldn't help but think of Lucky Number Slevin, a weaker film but one I enjoyed watching very much), about the struggle to be a good man against both temptation and threat. There are some moments where he gets a little too cute, but these are mostly quibbles around a very strong film.
Without Ben Kingsley's stellar performance, this would only be an okay heist thriller...
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Glazer's MEAN STREETS. A story of repression with its homoeroticism left floating on the surface like leaves in Ray Winstone's pool.
Within ten minutes of being on screen, Kingsley pisses on his host's bathroom floor to mark his territory, but the act is redundant. He owns the movie from the second we see him.
Fun, sharp and always on it's feet, Glazer delivers a stylized gangster flick that begs the question: He made this and Under the Skin?
Sexy Beast, at least for the first hour, a small and well built film that was being strangled in it's own tension, but in a BDSM kind of way. We have characters with depth and excellent performances from everyone. The subtle nuances of each actor bring their character to life in the situation they found themselves in. You're wondering where it's going to go and you're excited. then it takes a turn.
For the last half hour of the film, it becomes your generic gangster flick, filled with the intimidating boss, the heist and our protagonist…
Ben Kingsley proves that acting, like any job, comes with long periods of half-assing and short bursts of brilliance. (HBOGo)
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