ABC Film Challenge – Crime – Sexy Beast (2000)

Director: Jonathan Glazer

Writer: Louis Mellis, David Scinto (Screenplay)

Starring: Ray Winstone, Ben Kingsley, Ian McShane, Amanda Redman, James Fox, Cavan Kendall, Julianne White


Plot: Brutal gangster Don Logan recruits “retired” safecracker Gal for one last job, but it goes badly for both of them.

Tagline – Sometimes It’s Hard To Say No

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes


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Verdict: Insult Heavy Crime Thriller


Story: Sexy Beast starts as we meet retired safecracker Gal (Winstone) living the life of luxury in a Spanish villa which he enjoys relaxing by the pool enjoying his retirement. His retirement is put to the test when brutal gangster Don Logan (Kingsley) arrives in Spain to try and force him into doing one more job for him, he won’t take no for an answer.

Reluctantly taking the job, Gal returns to London and as most heist style movies, things don’t go to plan.


Thoughts on Sexy Beast


Characters – Gal was once the go to safecracker, now he is in retirement in Spain loving his life in the sun with his pool and friends, he has zero interest in returning to the game even after Don Logan pushes him. He stays relaxed through each scene because he knows his answer will always be no. he does reluctantly return for this last job mostly to get rid of Don. Don Logan is the brutal gangster, he knows who he wants for the jobs and this time it is Gal, he will not take ‘No’ as an answer, he will get violent and his outbursts will be the things you remember the most. Teddy is the man that the job is for, a fellow gangster that wants the best men for the job. DeeDee is the wife of Gal, she will stand by Gal in every decision even after the endless insults thrown their way.

PerformancesRay Winstone is great in this leading role, he is the perfect choice for a cockney criminal who knows there is a better life out there away from London. Ben Kingsley clearly steals every single scene in this movie with his performance that is filed with so much anger and aggression, you won’t be able to take your eyes off him. Ian McShane is great too where he brings us a calmer gangster who is also filled with anger. These three take most of the spotlight away from any other performers in the film.

StoryThe story follows a retired criminal that gets forced to return to the game for one final job by an aggressive gangster, where this film does stand out from the other films in this genre, is that our hero Gal is 100% not interested in returning as most film give us the idea of ‘ok, I will do it’ on an easier formula. The story does have a nice twist on how things go and gives us the characters we could believe are from this world. if you are looking for a heist storyline, you will be disappointed though as this film focuses on the idea of getting the man to do the job.

Crime/ThrillerThe crime world we enter giving us gangsters which will not take no for an answer, we don’t learn enough of their previous lives in the world though, only going on reputations.

SettingsThe film uses Spain for the setting which gives us the retirement feel for a Brit to take, the sun increases the idea of the heat in the scenes.

Scene of the Movie –
The heated argument.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The lack of heist action.

Final ThoughtsThis is a true British crime film, it has great characters and a stunning performance from Ben Kingsley.


Overall: British Crime 101




Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

posterDirector: Tim Burton

Writer: John August (Screenplay) Roald Dahl (Book)

Starring: Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, David Kelly, Helena Bonham Carter, Noah Taylor, Missi Pyle, James Fox, Deep Roy, Christopher Lee, AnnaSophia Robb


Plot: A young boy wins a tour through the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world, led by the world’s most unusual candy maker.


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Verdict: Colourful Remake


Story: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, starts by showing us the golden tickets being placed into the chocolate bars which later get distributed around the world. Time to introduce Charlie Bucket (Highmore) a regular boy whose family struggles to make ends meet, who live in an odd shaped house. Back story time and we learn about Willy Wonka (Depp) who started with a small corner shop before entering into his factory, telling us he has a knack for the strange. We learn how Wonka became a recluse because of how his secrets got stolen, but for one time only he offers a chance for 5 children a chance to see his factory.

We start by meeting the kids who win the tickets Augustus Gloop (Wiegratz), Veruca Salt (Winter), Violet Beauregarde (Robb) and Mike Teavee (Fry) all these kids have signs of showing who they really are and what type of people they will become. Charlie’s life is about to change when he finds money lying on the street and buys a Wonka bar that just so happens to have the last golden ticket. Charlie along with Grandpa Joe (Kelly) go to the factory for the tour along with the rest of the winners. Wonka shows off his factory and its work force the Oompa Loompas (Roy) for an adventure of a life time for all the children.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is one of the first books I read, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is one of the first films I loved even though I know they changed the book slightly. This visually is everything I imagined from what I once read. I also think the story is captured perfectly, but one to the negatives. I didn’t really like the whole Willy Wonka backstory I felt it looked very forced and took away from the adventure in the factory. The story itself will always be a classic and to be fair to the story is base idea is captured well. (7/10)


Actor Review


Johnny Depp: Willy Wonka the recluse chocolate factory owner who invites five children to tour his factory. He lacks social skills and clearly has father issue, he is also very strange. Johnny does a great job to create and change the previously created character to be his own. (8/10)


Freddie Highmore: Charlie Bucket the poor average nothing special boy who gets the chance of a lifetime to go to Willy Wonka’s factory where he will have the adventure of a lifetime. Freddie does a good job in this early role that showed he was going to be a bigger name. (8/10)


Support Cast: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has a mix of supporting characters the other contestants all works well and show the problems children can end up having. We have the Bucket family who all give Charlie hope and the Oompa Loompas all played by the same actor. Every single actor does a great job in the role they play.


Director Review: Tim Burton – Tim does a great job putting his stamp onto this film showing how colourful if could be. (8/10)


Adventure: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory gives the five children a chance of adventure which would be amazing for someone in Charlie’s position. (8/10)

Comedy: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory doesn’t have the most comedy it has a few chuckles but nothing full blown funny. (5/10)

Family: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is always going to be a family classic and this will offer discuss about which is the favourite. (7/10)

Music: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has good songs used but nothing as catchy as the originals. (5/10)

Settings: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has beautifully created settings that make you feel like you are on the adventure along with the heroes. (10/10)
Special Effects
: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has great effects with what happens to the ‘naughty’ kids during the trip in the factory. (8/10)

Suggestion: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is one for the family to sit down and enjoy together. (Family Watch)


Best Part: The first moment you see the candy room.

Worst Part: Dentist father is not needed.

Favourite Quote: Willy Wonka ‘Everything in this room is eatable, even *I’m* eatable! But that is called “cannibalism,” my dear children, and is in fact frowned upon in most societies.’


Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: Nominated for Best Achievement is Costume.

Box Office: $475 Million

Budget: $150 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 55 Minutes

Tagline: Willy Wonka Is semi-sweet and nuts

Trivia: To his surprise, Deep Roy played every Oompa-Loompa himself, repeating the same movements several hundred times. While these were then put together digitally, each Oompa-Loompa represents a separate performance by Roy. In recognition of this, Roy’s salary was raised to $1,000,000.


Overall: Let the discussion about which is better begin

Rating 72