A remake of the 1955 comedy, the story revolves around a Southern professor who puts together a group of thieves to rob a casino. They rent a room in an old woman's house, but soon she discovers the plot and they must kill her, a task that is more difficult than it seems. Written by
A rich black woman, Mrs. Munson says that she donates monthly to Bob Jones University, citing it as a "good Bible college". Bob Jones University banned black students until the 1970s, and did not allow interracial dating until 2000. See more »
Professor Dorr's orchestra "performs" both Renaissance and Rococo music. (The pivotal Luigi Boccherini recording is from the latter.) Although Dorr uses the terms interchangeably, the two styles are completely different, and separated by a span of about 150 years. See more »
Fairly funny but disappointing coming from the Coens
"The Ladykillers" is the Coen brothers' re-interpretation of the British classic of the same name. In it, Tom Hanks plays a charming Southern professor who assembles a varied group of individuals in order to pull off an ingenious heist. However, his landlord, a lively old widow played by Irma P. Hall, soon threatens to expose the entire venture.
I originally saw this film during its theatrical run and found it funny enough to warrant a DVD purchase later on. I watched it yesterday for the first time in a few years and I was left disappointed. I seemed to recall the film having a number of absolutely hilarious scenes. This time, though, the film wasn't nearly as engaging.
The cast isn't too bad. Tom Hanks delivers his best comedic performance in years and Irma P. Hall was an excellent choice for her role. I am certain that I enjoyed the interplay between J.K. Simmons & Marlon Wayans moreso in the past but they're still not bad. The rest of the cast includes a few interesting performances but nothing especially noteworthy.
The story is a fairly entertaining black comedy that mixes humour of the crude and more sophisticated varieties. The Coens do a pretty good job of bringing the story to life and, as usual, the direction is top notch. The gospel-infused soundtrack is rousing but I got the feeling that the Coens were just trying to recreate the musical success that they enjoyed with "O Brother, Where Art Thou?".
When you get down to it, I think that this is a worthwhile comedy but when you compare it to the likes of "The Big Lebowski" it's really no comparison at all. That being said, the current IMDb rating of only 6.2 seems a tad harsh.
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