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.
It wasn’t bad by any means; it was an average movie, but compared to the calibre of excellence the Coens usually display, this fell absolutely flat. The film has some great scenes and witty dialogue, but most of it is uneven and lacks cohesion. It’s a failure in terms of a Coen Brothers picture, but it’s still better than most comedy films being made today.
***1/2 Like their precedent opus INTOLERABLE CRUELTY, the Coen brothers's THE LADYKILLERS may seem at first a mistake in their career. But, if you think about it twice, the film is way less anonymous than the Clooney vehicle. Like in O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?, the Coens summons a paternal figure, Edgar Allan Poe, whose shadow lingers through the whole movie. If you got time, you may have some fun to count the works of the American writer evoked in THE LADYKILLERS. They are quite a lot. I also appreciated the first and the last third of the film while its center of gravity isn't yeasty enough according to me. Recommended, though.