Alec Guinness' teeth. They're a movie in themselves. What a great film. Well paced and well told. I really loved the build in this story. What could have drifted into silliness never does. The actors play their parts with such earnestness that we are never in doubt of the honesty of what's happening - regardless of how heightened the reality of the situation is. Solid flick.
The Ladykillers is a brilliant comedy that is played in a terrifically satirical vein that's scathing in a wonderfully British way. About- well, the title is pretty self-explanatory. What's most interesting is how the film depicts conventional, law-abiding morality. Who's the real villain here? Brilliant comedy, I can see why this is considered among Britain's finest.
Wie in jeder schwarzen Komödie kommt es auf das exakte Timing und die richtige Beschleunigung der Geschichte an. Beides ist wirklich gut gelöst. Ein Film, der weniger davon lebt, was vorgeht, sondern wie vorgegangen wird. Spritzige Dialoge unterstreichen die Story! Gelungen, möchte ich meinen, und sehr vergnüglich!
One of the great examples of black comedy as well as an allegory for post war Britain. Supposedly the story appeared to writer William Rose in a dream and then brilliantly released by he and the under appreciated Sandy Mackendrick. Also shows Alec Guinness' wonderful ability to handle caricature and comedy.
A perfectly paced caper film. Doesn't take more time than necessary, and gets out of every scene before the audience gets bored. So wonderful to see a young Peter Sellers playing an adorably shiftless youth. Mrs. Wilberforce's character supports the theory that the world would be a much better place if women were in charge--a perfect antidote to WWII horrors. So glad Katie Johnson won a BAFTA for her performance.
To be fair, this is a fine example of the genre with a decent quantity of quirks and a well tempered plot development. It has that obligatory warm, colorful aura and sweet, naive dialogues and generally it's all nice and as expected. So, to be frank, it's not the film - it's me. Crime and comedy do mix...but more often, they don't in my book.