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Sexy Beast rises above other movies in the British gangster genre due to its performances -- particularly an electrifying one by Ben Kingsley -- and the script's attention to character development.
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The talented Glazer keeps things crisp, clean and purposeful. The only flab on this film is around the waist of its sybaritic hero, a working-class crook who has finally gotten a taste of the good life, and doesn't want to lose it.
From the off it's clear at once that Jonathan Glazer will be a ballsy, switched-on film-maker.
Aside from [Glazer's] visual flair and gallows humor, he's still subtracted much more than he's added.
A marvelously suspenseful character study wrapped up in a refreshingly tight crime film.
One of the more interesting efforts in its genre, though it has been somewhat overrated.
The most original and entertaining crime thriller since The Limey.
An extended short film par excellence, and we're permitted to luxuriate in Glazer's skills.
Stands head and shoulders above the late 90s flurry of British gangster movies. Stylish and confident and built upon a fearsome performance from Ben Kinglsey.
It's not just the ironic kick of watching the guy who played Gandhi get his rocks off on sociopathic violence. Ben Kingsley's Don Logan is one of cinema's all-time fearsome, loathsome villains - stalking even the frames from which he's absent.
When you get the chance, give this one a look.
Winstone e (especialmente) Kingsley carregam o filme com suas atuações magnéticas, enquanto Glazer confere charme à narrativa com sua abordagem bem-humorada. Infelizmente, o terceiro ato não sobrevive à ausência do personagem mais interessante do projeto.
This slight-seeming but trim and absorbing British import deepens in your head the more you chew it over later.
An electric British gangster film with a slight grind house panache and a biting script. It's a lean and mean ride that is elevated by all the players involved, especially Kingsley and Winstone. Jonathan Glazer establishes himself as a unique voice with the engaging 'Sexy Beast'.
I had heard so much about this, including that some consider it to be one of the best British films of recent years, if not ever.
That's certainly a high bar to reach, and, now that I've finally seen this, I can say that, unfortunately, this film is grossly overrated.
Gary "Gal" Dove is a retired gangster living a comfortable life in rural Spain. His comfortable situation is suddenly shaken up when Don 'Malky" Logan, an associate from his past, shows up and bullies him into taking part in a major heist back in London.
The film does have its share of typical 'caper film' moments, but it is primarily a psychological duel between two volatile men.
I don't have an issue with the set up, but I feel like this film really doesn't add up to anything much at all. It's not really about much, and the plot is light, and yeah, sometimes I'm cool with that, if not nuts for it.
However, I feel let down here, because it's not nearly as gripping and interesting as it could have been, or as compelling as I was lead to believe.
Ben Kingsley, yes, is intimidating and commanding as Don, but the scenes with him verbally abusing Gary and the new people in his life are just uncomfortable to endure. The swearing really loses its impact, and feels really awkward and forced, and it shouldn't. It starts off fine, but it just keeps dragging, and that's where I began to check out. Plus, he really doesn't give that much of a justification for his actions, making the proceedings even more pointless.
The film is well shot though, and the moments when there is violence are startling, realistic, and very well done. But in the end, this feels like a glossy, but ultimately half-baked effort. Besides Kingsley, I do think the performances are good, and Ray Winstone is capable of leading a production. Ian McShane is also decent as the man leading the heist, but compared to Kingsley, he's really not as threatening as he could/should be.
All in all, the film has its moments, but the bigger picture is a sloppy, sometimes tedious mess. I'll give it some credit though, since it had potential, but really think this should have been re-written and given much more thought.
One of the most enjoyable films of the decade and one of the very few where I really sympathized with the characters - even if some of them are cartoons.
It's kinda "The Long Good Friday" meets the domestic stuff in the Sopranos. Ben Kigsley is just wild and Ray Winstone is a truly lovable loser. All this and killer tunes.
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