The Ladykillers

2006-06-30 10:49

...whom unmerciful Disaster
Followed fast and followed faster

- Edgar Allan Poe, "The Raven"

A retelling of the critically acclaimed 1955 comedy, The Lady Killers stars Tom Hanks as Goldthwait Higginson Dorr, Ph.D., a charlatan professor who's assembled a gang of so-called "experts" for the heist of the century.

The thieves: experts in explosions, tunneling, and muscle, and the critical "inside man." The base of operations: the root cellar of an unsuspecting, church-going little old lady named Mrs. Munson. The ruse: the five need a place to practice their church music. The problem: it quickly becomes evident that Dorr's thieves lack the mental capacity to do the job. The bigger problem: they have all seriously underestimated their upstairs host.

When Mrs. Munson stumbles onto their plot and threatens to notify the authorities, the felonious five decide to do her in. After all, how hard can it be to knock off one old lady?

What the critics are saying:

"Although The Ladykillers is a skillfully executed caper movie, the fun lies not in its mechanics but in its characterizations, especially Hanks's and Hall's, and especially when they're together."
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

"It's not that it isn't funny (there are probably more bellylaughs than the original), but you'll have a hard time caring about any of the stereotypes strolling through this exaggerated, insincere world."
- Nev Pierce, BBCi Film

"Structured like a Mad magazine parody where there's a promised joke in each frame. It doesn't add up to a movie."
- Charles Taylor,

Tom Hanks delights in this otherwise uneven caper movie from the enigmatic Coen brothers. However fans of the Alec Guinness / Peter Sellers original should avoid this version like the plague.

Flea 2004/07/02 10:16 AM
Not their best Saw it last week. Funny and frenetic, but the Coens have done much better films. The original is also a shrine to brilliant movie making, which I don't particularly enjoy seeing disturbed. Oh Brother Where Art Thou
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