Irma P. Hall
The film is a remake of the 1955 English version starring Alec Guinness in the Hanks role but you don’t need to have seen the original version to appreciate this modern one. It is a well-written and entertaining piece of work with plenty of light-hearted and fun moments to spice it up. Not too long, under two hours is always a plus for me, and not too slow, and so the major complaint I had was that this film seemed “typical” of other farcical robbery films we have all seen and been bored with before, as well as Hanks speaking in such eloquent and wordy sentences making me dizzy at times. The film reminded me of MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS a bit, especially the way Hanks spoke which was reminiscent of Peter Ustinov’s manner of speaking. The other major component in this movie was the Gospel music, which I enjoy but don’t exactly play at my pad either. It was a big part of the film, and it added a special touch that was cool, and yeah, it reminded me of another Coen brothers’ flick, O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU, which also heavily featured Southern music.
“The Gospel of the Ladykillers” Deleted Music Scenes: The rousing Gospel songs “Shine on Me” and “Trouble of this World” are sung in their entirety by the Abbot Kinney Lighthouse Choir. About 8 minutes long, and cool performances if you like Gospel music.
“Danny Ferrington: The Man Behind the Band” Featurette: Hanks talks here for a minute, as well as the Coen Brothers, but mostly we hear guitar master Danny Ferrington discuss how he made the old, Renaissance-type instruments that are part of Hanks’ makeshift band in the film. Ferrington talks about who he made guitars for in real life, mostly major Nashville stars, Johnny Cash included, but also about one of my favorite musicians for whom he also made a custom guitar, Kurt Cobain. Apparently it was Cobain’s dream guitar and Ferrington speaks highly of Kurt. He has also made guitars for one of the Beatles. A ten-minute featurette that will especially please guitar aficionados.
“The Ladykillers ScriptScanner” – enhanced computer feature: With this feature, for which you need a PC, one can read the Coens’ script while following along with the film. You can click on any line of dialogue to immediately interact with that scene.