The Ladykillers---A Review
The Ladykillers, starring Tom Hanks (among others), had the
potential to be a great film. All the elements of greatness were
present: a stellar cast, a solid original script, a clever new setting, and
a well thought out revised story line. But despite all these good
ingredients, those responsible for creating this new version of the movie
have failed---for along with the good elements they chose to poison it and
make it unpalatable.
- Tom Hanks---well acted, as always, but he failed in his southern
accent and those failures distract from his portrayal and destroy the
illusion he seeks to create. Since he couldn't get the accent down
pat, he would have been better served to skip the accent; or for the
accent to have been part of his ruse with the old lady, where in scenes
without the old lady he didn't use the accent.
- The old lady---perfectly portrayed.
- The other bad guys---well cast, solidly acted.
- The setting---moving the story to the deep south was a stroke of
- No gratuitous sex---this movie would have received a 'G' rating were
it not for the poison (see below).
- Swearing/foul language---several of the bad guys swear is almost every line they
speak. While I am personally acquainted with a individuals who
talk like this, I don't see any need to listen to such language while
entertaining myself, or to expose my family to such language.
This new telling of The Ladykillers had the potential to be a
classic that would be watched and cherished for decades; instead, it was a
bad tasting confection: pretty on the outside but rotten and nasty inside.
From my vantage point, The Ladykillers is a symptom of everything
that is wrong with Hollywood and society. It's not "hip" to make
family-friendly, profitable movies, so The Ladykillers isn't either
of these things.
If I were Tom Hanks I would be ashamed of how this movie turned out.
ęCopyright 2005, Christopher Rath
Address: 1371 Major Rd., Ottawa, ON, Canada K1E 1H3
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