Sexy Beast is an enthralling, frequently hilarious (thanks to Kingsley's profanity-ridden sociopathic turn) and offbeat crime thriller with a terrific script; right up to its banal and achingly conventional final twenty-five minutes.
"Yes,Yes,Yes,Yes,Yes! You cunt!" as Kingsley would say, the same Kingsley who played Gandhi.
I decided a few days ago to give this film a try, the title was very bizarre and the run time even more. However i kept hearing great things about it. Being a cinephile i had to try it out.
I'll say this: it's a brilliant play.
The actors don't dissapoint, and the script is tight like the belt i'm wearing. Glazer is definetly up there with the all time greats. Kingsley is up there as well, but with the bad guys.
Look at your suntan, it's leather, it's like leather man, your skin. We could make a fucking suitcase out of you. Like a crocodile, fat crocodile, fat bastard. You look like fucking Idi Amin, you know what I mean?
Ese Ben Kingsley está bien cabrón.
"Sexy Beast" is a 2000 British crime film, in the tradition of Guy Ritchie's late 90s and early 00s, and the directorial debut of music video (Massive Attack, Blur, Jamiroquai, Radiohead) and commercial (Kodak, Nike, Mazda, Guinness, Wrangler, Levi's) veteran master Jonathan Glazer.
Starring a hilarious Ray Winstone as Gary "Gal" Dove a retired gangster living in luxury resort house in Spain with his porn-star wife (Amanda Redman) when his quiet-now life is being interrupted by Don Logan (Ben Kingsley)…
Nominally a heist film, but really a masterclass in communication and domination, with a few Lynchian quirks thrown in. I especially like the subtle decision to have the Spanish scenes consist mainly of dialog, with very little walking etc. shots, while the second half is almost nothing but all the little things which would have been cut out of the first.
A retired British thief living in Spain is being persuaded by a former colleague (who won't take no for answer) to do one more job. Not a bad film, but not as good as I thought it would be. Worth watching for the acting and especially the chilling performance by Ben Kingsley.
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.
Gioiellino di macabro humor e buona tensione.
L'esordio di Glazer si fa amare.
Inoltre c'è quel mostro sacro della recitazione che è
Ian McShane che di lì a poco andrà sul set di Deadwood
a miracol mostrare.
I wasn't aware that Sir Ben Kingsley was capable of such things, but I'm glad to have been mistaken.
There's nothing more unsettling than a pair of middle-aged men, who live in picturesque Spain on the back of a previous life of crime, physically trembling at the utterance of a former colleague's name, and even still, at the mention of his boss.
And therein lies the strength of the film; relying so well on the actors to portray the drama…
Sexy Beast is a exhilarating and exhausting movie. The opening scene, paced by Peaches by the Stranglers, proves how easy it can be to succumb to an unstoppable force, as Gal comes within a few inches of becoming just another retired gangster crushed by a runaway boulder. Even after Gal avoids the tumbling rock, the boulder still proves to be an invasive presence, sitting at the bottom of his pool, smothering the interlocking hearts of Gal's perfect post-criminal life.