I have mixed opinions about the work of the Coen Brothers.  I’ve enjoyed some of their movies, like “Fargo”, “Big Lebowski”, “Barton Fink”, “O Brother…” and “No Country for Old Men”.    On the other hand, something just didn’t sit right with me for other works like “Burn After Reading” and “Raising Arizona”, so I was very cautious when checking out The Ladykillers.

I also have to say that my view of Tom Hanks’ work is similar to the aforementioned view of the Coen Brothers.  In fact, I’ll write a totally separate article on the Tom Hanks matter, as it would completely wipe away the concept for this article.

While I wouldn’t say The Ladykillers is one of my favorite Tom Hanks movies, I will say that I enjoyed him in it, and the rest of the movie for that matter.

As always, J.K. Simmons was a highlight of the movie for me.  I guess I can understand why Simmons isn’t a leading man in most movies, but he’s probably one of my favorite supporting actors.  He again shows great comedic timing and a fun delivery of lines which wouldn’t necessarily be as funny coming out of another actor’s mouth.

In his role of “The General”, expert tunneler and donut shop owner, Tzi Ma shows of considerable comedic timing and the ability to look completely menacing and capable of homicide.  His last big scene in the movie is definitely one of the funniest parts of the film.

While I have a habit of hating things that Marlon Wayans is involved with, he was likely the best actor to play his particular role in this movie, so I have to credit him with that.

Stephen Root, who I’ve often seen in films and never really bothered to look up his name before, has a small role that he plays out just as well as the countless times I’ve seen him in other films.

I’m not going to recommend that you run out and rent this movie, but if you’re looking for a comedy that you’d likely enjoy that probably hasn’t made its way onto your television before, The Ladykillers will probably fit that mold for you.


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