April 24, 2004
The Ladykillers

I have mixed feelings about Tom Hanks most of the time. The guy I loved in Big, various Meg Ryan movies, and Bosom Buddies seems almost to have disappeared. In his place is a slightly dissatisfying and overrated actor who sometimes can seem almost smarmy despite his earnestness. I can't explain it except to question his choice of roles--I didn't like Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan was overrated in my book, and I was bored by Cast Away. But I liked Catch Me If You Can. I think maybe he's ok as one of the main characters but when he's the star, it's too much. So I gave this movie a chance.

The Ladykillers is a remake of an old film, remade by the Coen Brothers, whom I love. It's about a group of robbers who pretend to be using an old lady's basement (Tom is renting a room from her) as a rehearsal space for their Renaissance band so they can tunnel through her wall to get to a cache of cash.

Tom is actually pretty good, playing a seemingly over-educated southerner who speaks in language so complicated, using words so big, that you suspect he doesn't even know what he's saying. His character has some great mannerisms that Tom seems to have a lot of fun with. The rest of the cast is good but not fully formed. There are lots of really interesting and funny aspects to each of the characters but they never quite add up to well-rounded characters. Ultimately, everything lacking in the film is forgotten after one death scene involving false teeth, a cuckoo clock, and a cat. See it for that.

Posted by Alyssa at April 24, 2004 09:48 AM
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