Sexy Beast is one quirky crime flick, a film that put director Glazer on the map. I really loved it the first time I watched it, revisiting it was still a lot of fun, it just wasn't quite as special as I remembered. It's still an easy recommend for people who never watched the film though, as it's not like anything else you've seen.
Gal is a retired gangster. He lives in a royal villa in Spain, together with his wife. He loves the sun, the pool and the eventfulness of retirement. All that changes when Don Logan pays him a visit. Logan's a pushy criminal who wants Gal to come out of retirement for one final job.
The deliberate pacing, the polished camera work and the over-the-top characterization are all things that add flair to the film. Take that away, and you get a pretty basic heist flick peppered with some thick British accents. A very fine first feature that betrays Glazer's talent, but it didn't quite have the lasting power I hoped it would.