The only really interesting bright spots to the film are the great talents of Tom Hanks and Irma P. Hall. The two manage to come out unscathed despite their terrible characters and it's good to see them shine in this. Hanks despite being mis-cast is funny and sometimes made me chuckle trying to keep order amidst the disorder and in dealing with Marva. Hall is good here and I always enjoy her performances, she's funny and really good as Marva who seems to want to have the best of intentions but no one likes her.
I hate remakes. Have you gotten the hint yet? I've bashed about eighty percent of the remakes that I've seen in the subsequent years, and I will continue to do so mainly because they really suck. Some studios take a classic film and remake it with a different plot which becomes evident they're just trying to make money from the original film's name, and some remakes are actually very faithful to the original source material. Now, instead of going into the remake of "The Ladykillers" without knowledge of the original, I purposely sought out and decided to watch the original film to compare, and I have to say, this is yet another really bad and utterly pointless remake of a great film; good thing it did poorly at the box-office; yet they still don't get the hint.
Regardless, I saw the original film
and it's great; it's very funny, it's ingenious, well played out, and
dark, very dark. Now Hollywood has enlisted the Cohen brothers to remake
Out of spite I checked out the
original film and then the remake, and there's just no comparison. It
sounds like I'm purposely hating this in favor of the original, but
The characters have nothing going for
them here, and they're just not that interesting. Secondly, I love Tom
Hanks, and he manages to pull off some chuckles with me with his Colonel
Sanders goatee and locks, along with his elegant speak which is very out
As always, we have to take a good British product and make it our own and dumb it down with utterly crude humor and gratuitous violence, and cheesy elements played for comedy. I was expecting that. We have a character who has irritable bowel syndrome and gurgles whenever he has to go to the bathroom, we have a hand blown off with severed fingers and the like, and anything else you can basically think of that's crude and diminishes the wit and humor presented in the original film. Also, most of the comedy and gags here are clear misfires that never made me laugh; Marlon Wayans' stereotypical black thug, the stereotypical Asian man who knows martial arts, but can't even strangle an old lady, plenty of race jokes, some odd violence that never made any sense, and what the hell was with that gag with the picture constantly changing faces? Was that supposed to be even remotely funny?
Now, one of the big errors in the movie is the casting of the old woman who stands in the way of these men's operation. Would it have been so bad to cast a white actress to take up the role. Don't get me wrong I always love Irma P. Hall, but the way her character is portrayed here is all wrong. Hall is sassy, and strong and knows it and uses it against the men and is hardly annoying, she doesn't have the same quiet innocence Katie Johnson had in the original film. She was annoying, but she had the best of intentions, while Hall is just depicted as overbearing, and just plain unlikable. The key element to the film is the ending, the part where the criminals get their just deserts as fate plays a hand in their last crime, and while I thought the ending to the original was dark and edgy it was also smart and believable, while this has the dark ending but tries too hard to outdo its predecessor with a more violent ending that I didn't respond to. Nonetheless, while there's talent, this is just yet another crappy remake. Next!
While the film is beaming with talent, this is a terrible remake of a truly good film and lacks the brains, comedic value, and pure edge the original film possessed so well. Watch the original film and save yourself the pain of watching this pale imitation.
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