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
Marva Munson, the name of Imra P. Hall's character, is the same name the Coens use in their previous film--"Intolerable Cruelty"--for the character of the judge. See more »
Professor Dorr says the University of Mississippi is in Hattiesburg. It's actually in Oxford. The University of Southern Mississippi is in Hattiesburg. While it may be Dorr's error, it seems unlikely that Mrs. Munson, a Mississippi native, wouldn't notice. See more »
Not an adequate remake, but rather a reinterpretation
Certainly, the Cohens have enough decency to know when a task should be left undone, and when that task is the re-creation and improvement of a comedy classic,they know better than to regurgitate old gags infused with modern flair, or do they?
I will admit that I did enjoy this novel retelling of the Mackendrick classic. I enjoyed Hank's brilliant, earnest, and flawless delivery. I also enjoyed Irma P. Hall's sincerity. I enjoyed the score, the locale, the warm-lazy essence of Mississippi, and the mythological progression of events that is so common in the Cohens' films. Most of all, I enjoyed the charm of this film more-so than its predecessor.
Of course, in deference, the originators deserve their due praise, but this is certainly no simple remake--it's a retelling. Retellings don't need to improve, dazzle, or impress by comparison--they simply are what they are, and this was enjoyable.
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