The greatest criminal minds of all time have finally met their match.
Directed by: Ethan Coen,
Starring: Tom Hanks, Irma
P. Hall, Marlon Wayans, J.K. Simmons, Tzi Ma, Ryan Hurst, Diane Denalo
2004 Cosmique Movie Awards
Professor G. H. Dorr (Tom Hanks) leads a gang posing as minstrels who lodge with an elderly black woman in order to tunnel from her cellar into a casino's vault.
The Coen brothers' remake of Alec Guinness' 1955 film of the same name features Tom Hanks donning an eccentric persona that seems at first contrived as an act for the elderly landlady he's deceiving until we see him continuing to adopt the accent and mannerisms outside of her presence. The characterization that at first seems charming eventually becomes a bit of a distraction, slightly dragging down this otherwise clever dark comedy.
The film was released too early in the year to be a serious contender for an Academy Award, and it seems unlikely that it will have risen high enough on the radar for Cosmo voters as well. Still, it could well make my list for the overly-broad Best Mystery, Suspense, Horror, and Thriller category, as well as Best Ensemble, and it's early schedule could allow Cosmo voters to catch it on DVD well before ballots are released.
My Rating: 7
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