Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Fast-paced, Stylish Fun

by Jonathan Glazer

Unlike most people, I saw Jonathan Glazer’s Birth before I saw his Sexy Beast and I was pleasantly surprised and loved the film (as well as Birth). But Sexy Beast is quite a different beast indeed. It’s an odd mix of romance and ganster film with a remarkable supporting performance from the always watchable Ben Kingsley that almost overwhelms the entire film. I’m glad that I didn’t know a lot about the film and won’t spoil the fun for you if you haven’t seen it. It’s cinematic storytelling at a high level in a well-shot, well-acted, well-edited, and great sounding film. Emotionally it runs the gamut from humour to horror, but generally with a slightly light and romantic tone.

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