The Ladykillers stars
Tom Hanks, who plays a smooth-talking con artist, a Colonel Sanders-like
He plans to knock over a river boat casino
on the Mississippi, renting the basement of an unsuspecting local
elderly woman to dig a tunnel to the casino's vault, with the
help of his so-called crazy band members.
The Coen brothers' special touch made it
work for me. They're always off the wall, with their bizarre
style of humor and a cast full of funny, nutcake characters--making
it fresh and fun for me.
When it comes to dark humor, no one does
it like the Coen brothers, and when this one is dark, it's really
However, that doesn't happen until the
final third of this film, making you wonder what happened to
the rest of this movie.
Have the Coens lost their edge? As remakes
go, this one is intolerable cruelty and deserved much better.
Stick to the 1955 original.
I found most of the characters in this
robbery caper farce to be enjoyable, but the over use of four-letter
and 12-letter words (by one character) became a distraction for
me, especially when no one else in the story used foul language.
I found this dialog completely unnecessary
and irritating for this movie.