Genre Guesstimation – The Ladykillers (1955)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre was chosen by my good friend Emma of emmakwall (explains it all) and she chose British Thrillers as the Genre for January

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of British Thriller movies…


ladykillers“Simply try for one hour to behave like gentlemen.” – Mrs. Louisa Wilberforce

Number of Times Seen – 1  (19 Jan 2015)

Brief Synopsis – A group of thieves pretend to be musicians and hide out in an old woman’s boarding house during the planning and execution of a bank heist and decide to try and use their landlord in order to get away with the cash.

My Take on it – I found it quite interesting that this plot revolved around a bank heist because I always assumed that it was about a serial killer and avoided both it and the 2004 remake by Tom Hanks

I’m glad I rectified the situation.

The plot is silly, but it’s still done well.

The jokes (both physical and verbal) only worked well part of the time.

The only character who always hit her mark was the landlady who was quite funny throughout.

Now that I’ve seen Alec Guinness in a few comedic roles, I think he was much better in his dramatic ones.

Despite that fact, this movie is better than it should have been due to his involvement.

Bottom Line – A mediocre heist film that is elevated by the inclusion of Alec Guinness as the lead actor. Parts are uninteresting and you want things to move faster.  Felt that the jokes (verbal and physical) didn’t always hit their mark.

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Nope, found some parts uninteresting and not all the jokes succeed along the way.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy


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