Fargo is my favorite movie. It is great on many different levels. I became a Coen brothers fan because of it. The Ladykillers ruined my high opinion of them. I hope it is just a creative lull for them.
Good wacky Coen brother characters make the Ladykillers almost bareable. Tom Hanks playing Professor Dorr is terrible. There is no other way to describe his part. Hanks' character ruined this movie which was tottering on the edge of being bad to begin with. The two big jokes, a black person donating money to Bob Jones University and the bombing the garbage barge, got really old after they had been repeated 3 or more times. The General's cigarette in the mouth thing was over done as well. Mrs. Munson played by Irma P. Hall is a great character.
The foul-mouthed inside guy, Gawain MacSam, was too foul-mouthed and the fight between him and the bomb expert, Garth Pancake, seemed to be contrived in order to allow some foul language to creep into the script in order to justify its rating. It wasn't funny hearing someone saying f**k or muthaf**k over and over and over again. Some scenes in the movie had a different, distracting quality to them. Probably different lighting setups as if they went back 2 months later to shoot a scene. Very noticeable.
The gospel music scenes were terrific. They were just straight shots of people singing their hearts out. Beautiful. I was waving my arms and tapping my feet.
I love Coen brothers movies but this one is one I can't love.>