Sexy Beast (2000)
Reviewed on 2009 October 5
British crime caper that’s neither as flashy or well-known in the States as one of Guy Ritchie’s yarns, and that’s unfortunate. It’s a brilliant, dark, and evilly funny movie.
Gary “Gal” Dove (Ray Winstone) is a former gangster who wants nothing more than to roast in the hot Spanish sun by day and roast steaks with his friends Aitch and Jackie (Cavan Kendall and Julianne White) at night. He thinks his past is finally behind him, and he can enjoy a quiet existence in his gorgeous villa with his beloved wife Deedee (Amanda Redman). Unfortunately, a human storm is coming. The psychotic Don Logan (Ben Kingsley, turning in an amazing and scary performance) interrupts Gal’s peaceful life, telling him he needs him for a final heist and he won’t take no for an answer.
It’s a simple plot with complex characters, and I enjoyed it. It takes a bit to get going and then lifts off like rocket once Don Logan shows up. The best part is watching Sir Ben, who played Gandhi almost a decade earlier, foam at the mouth. The soundtrack fits too.
Three chocolate morsels.