Sexy Beast (2000) 4.71/5 (1)


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Rating: The Good – 88.4
Genre: Crime
Duration: 89  mins
Director: Johnathan Glazer
Stars: Ray Winstone, Ben Kingsley, Ian McShane

This British gangster movie stars the daddy of British geezer-actors Ray Winstone and a barely recognisable Ben Kingsley giving the most intimidating and ferocious performance this side of Joe Pesci in Goodfellas. Winstone plays the retired thief enjoying life with his wife in their Spanish villa. Kingsley plays the nutter sent to bring him back to London for one more job. Winstone has never been better while Kingsley simply burns a hole in the screen. This was Jonathan Glazer’s feature debut and it’s fair to say that there have been few more stunning. A deft blend of comedy and intimidation plus all the energy and innovation of a Tarantino or Scorsese at their most daring, the only question you’ll be left with is why he didn’t go on to become one of the industry’s hottest properties? Sexy Beast really does have it all, visionary directing, great cast, delicious script, beautifully shot, razor-sharp comedy, and a sensationally clever metaphorical double bluff just in case you weren’t already impressed.

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