Sexy Beast (2000): **1/2
Directed by Johnathan Glazer
Yes, Gandhi is fantastic in this movie.
Ben Kingsley has a spectacular, outlandish supporting role in this film as basically the
embodiment of a bad temper. He screams, he gnashes, he radiates menace, he quietly seethes,
his eyes stare daggars at you, all that kind of stuff. In one fantastic sequence he
screams "No!" about seventeen times in a row. It is the kind of performance that just makes
your jaws drop.
And that, unfortunately is where two of the two-and-a-half stars for this movie comes from.
Ben Kingsley really only has about 20-30 minutes of screen time, and the movie around him
feels like a corpse. It's stiff and dreary and cold and I was bored as hell watching it.
Which is really a shame. I mean, it has some great stuff in it, like a giant boulder
that rolls down a hill and into a swimming poolfor no reason. It just kind of happens.
There's a recurring motif of a giant devil bunny. A heist is done by drilling into a bank
from a next-door steam bath. Drilling, of course, from underwater in the giant pool in the
steam bath (why didn't they drain it first?). All that stuff is greatin theory. In
theory communism works, and we all know how well that's turning out.
The movie as a whole is just dead and dreary, and makes the horrible mistake of having Ben
Kingsley be the second act instead of the spectacular climax. As it is, you're bored for a
half hour, then Ben Kingsley comes on and you go "Kick Ass!" And then he goes away and you're
treated to another half hour of drudgery as the main character uninterestingly tries to
solve a problem with uninteresting characters and I was just uninterested. Whenever Kingsley
wasn't on screen I just wanted to fast forward until his next appearance. So why didn't
the filmmakers realize this and put him in more of it?
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