Joel and Ethan Coen’s hot hands finally have cooled with their remake of The Ladykillers, and fans could probably see it coming. For starters, as mentioned, it’s a remake – uncharted waters for two filmmakers best known for placing their unique fingerprints all over their unusual projects. Their vision ends up being a productive failure that’s silly rather than sophisticated. We’re engaged by its oddities, but never really entertained.
The original pitted Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, and their band of British crooks against a kindly old landlady in 1955. The Coens shift their action from England to the Deep South, where Tom Hanks wheezes and grins as a genteel criminal mastermind plotting to rob a Mississippi riverboat casino. He and his motley crew take up residence in the home of Marva Munson (Irma P. Hall), a churchgoing Bible Belter with a room to rent near the boat’s dock. The men fool Munson into thinking they perform in a musical group, though they’re forced to consider devious actions when the old lady discovers their criminal plans. —Filmcritic.com
Born in St. Louis Park, MN, in 1957, Ethan Coen studied philosophy at Princeton University. Soon after he graduated, he and his brother began writing their first screenplays, and, in 1984, they made their debut with Blood Simple. Both of them wrote and edited the film, while Joel took the directing credit and Ethan billed himself as the producer. It earned considerable critical acclaim and established the brothers as fresh, original talent. Their next major effort (after Crimewave, a 1985 film they wrote that was directed by Sam Raimi), 1987’s Raising Arizona was a screwball comedy miles removed from the dark, violent content of their previous movie, and it won over critics and audiences alike. Their fan base growing, the Coens went on to make Miller’s Crossing (1990), a stark gangster epic with a strong performance from John Turturro, whom the brothers also used to great effect in their next film, Barton Fink (1991). Fink earned Joel a Best Director award and a Golden Palm at the 1991… read more
Combining thoughtful eccentricity, wry humor, arch irony, and often brutal violence, the films of the Coen brothers have become synonymous with a style of filmmaking that pays tribute to classic American movie genres, especially film noir, while sustaining a firmly postmodern feel. Born in St. Louis Park, MN, in 1954, Joel Coen studied at New York University before moving into filmmaking in the early ‘80s. He and his younger brother began writing screenplays while Joel worked as an assistant editor on good friend Sam Raimi’s 1983 film The Evil Dead. In 1984, they made their debut with Blood Simple. Both of them wrote and edited the film (using the name Roderick Jaynes for the latter duty), while Joel took the directing credit and Ethan billed himself as the producer. It earned considerable critical acclaim and established the brothers as fresh, original talent. Their next major effort (after Crimewave, a 1985 film they wrote that was directed by Raimi), 1987’s Raising Arizona was a… read more
As the Coen's "worst" movie this becomes pretty fascinating. Sure, it's a kitchen sink, anything for a laugh, unsubtle jack hammer, but it's fun to watch the Coen's still add their own touch to that approach. In a certain mood it draws more actual laughter than any other Coen movie. First saw in a theatre with some friends in college and laughed like crazy along with everyone in the theatre.
Quando leggi Cohen ti aspetti tanto e giustamente. La prima parte sembra un pò blanda, anche se alcune scene sono marchio di fabbrica dei fratelli ( il generale è fantastico). Gradualmente si passa da un lato più demenziale al loro tipico grottesco, per sfociare poi in un gradevole finale. Forse manca un pò di ritmo, ma globalmente è una commedia dai risvolti dark che si fà valere. Bellissimi i cori gospel. 3*
I genuinely don't get all the hate for this and kinda assume it's just become fashionable to tear into this movie. A solid script, great performances, great lines, great atmosphere/tone--I wouldn't put this over Lebowski or Raising Arizona or O Brother, but it's a strong flick. Also, the original Ladykillers when all is said and done is no masterpiece. Great cast with a few good moments, but pretty weak overall.
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… read review