1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A highly dangerous masterpiece,
This review is from: Sexy Beast [DVD]  (DVD)
Forget The Godfather films, Goodfellas and Scarface. This is a totally different breed of gangster film. It is also British and shows up Guy Ritchie's takes on the genre no end.
Sexy Beast is a deeply serious yet highly hilarious movie that pulses with tremendous energy and style.
Gal (Ray Winstone) is a retired criminal living the high life in Costa Del Sol with his wife and two friends. The weather is splendid. His wife is gorgeous. His villa is beautiful; in fact it is almost paradise until the beastly Don Logan (Ben Kingsley) turns up. Don wants Gal to do one more job. Gal is not keen on the idea to say the least but Don is not someone you say no to. He is an evil beast of a man. A monster. He insults anyone and everyone and is prone to violent fits of rage. Tension mounts and things come to an ultra-violent head. Kingsley plays Don Logan superbly. The difference between his role in Sexy Beast and Gandhi is rather diverse. It might be fun to watch both films in a row, simply to contemplate acting and drama in its highest forms.
The first two thirds of the movie are pure excellence. There is nothing like it. The final third is very good but lacks much of the intensity of before. Overall, a potent acting showcase for Kingsley, that is a highly dangerous masterpiece.