Sexy Beast

Film, Comedy
5 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)

From the off it's clear at once that

Jonathan Glazer

will be a ballsy, switched-on film-maker: Winstone's belly burns in the Spanish sun, an ice-cold flannel slyly folded over his privates - and then an a boulder bumps down the hill and bounces over the oblivious ex-villain's head to splashland in the swimming pool. The verve isn't so surprising, but Glazer goes on to prove that he's got much more than flash in his arsenal. A macabre comedy played out in deadly earnest, this has dramatic heft and tension. Kingsley's bald and beady-eyed Don Logan is so tightly wrapped in his neuroses, he's an alien in any social context, a monster in a man's skin. Easy to believe Winstone's scared to death of this maggot. The first two thirds of this superbly acted film is dynamite, even as nothing happens, really. Gal (Winstone) and wife Deedee (Redman) play reluctant hosts to Don, who's intent on bringing Gal back to London for a big score. Gal refuses. Don insists. The tension racks up until something has to give, but you'll be hard pressed to guess how and where the break will come.

Release details

88 mins

Cast and crew

Jonathan Glazer
Louis Mellis, David Scinto
Ray Winstone
Ben Kingsley
Ian McShane
Amanda Redman
Cavan Kendall
Julianne White
Alvaro Monje
James Fox

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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It might be easy to brand this as one of those films that is entirely propped up (perhaps overshadowed) by one incredible performance.  It is certainly possible to say that in Don Logan, Ben Kingsley has created not only one of the most repulsive characters ever seen on screen but at the same time -incontrovertibly- sealed his status as one of the most versatile actors ever. I simply cannot think of Don Logan without thinking of Kingsley's portrayal of Gandhi. Two ends of the human spectrum; night & day, black & white, good v bad, etc.  However, whilst it's Don you remember, the film is remarkably complete, with near perfect pacing, a brilliantly-apt supporting cast and a plot which tops and tails itself beautifully.  Lock-Stock is often quoted as the defining example of the era of London mobster/geezer movies but this is surely it's true masterpiece.