Sexy Beast (2000)
Critic Consensus: 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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Critic Reviews for Sexy Beast
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.
Audience Reviews for Sexy Beast
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.
Sexy Beast Quotes
|Teddy Bass:||Where there's a will, and there is a fucking will, there's a way, and there is a fucking way.|
|Don "Malky" Logan:||Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!|
|Gary "Gal" Dove:||I'm not into this any more.|
|Teddy Bass:||See, If I cared, Gal, if I fucking cared, if I gave a solitary fuck about Don... Get out of the fucking car!|