Sharon and I just watched the latest Coen Brothers movie, The Ladykillers. It’s another winner, and joins The Hudsucker Proxy, O Brother, Where Art Thou, and Fargo as among our absolute favorite films.
The problem with this movie, in terms of its commercial appeal, is that the film’s message is too overtly Christian for most secular viewers, and there is too much foul language for most Christians.
Still, the bad guys get theirs in the end, and the protagonist, Irma P. Hall was absolutely perfect as Marva Munson.
Just as in their earlier films, the message here is the struggle between good and evil, sin and salvation, with good decisively triumphing in the end.
Unlike most contemporary movies, which would have ended with Marva driving off in a brand new Porsche or something, her joy at being told to keep the $1.6 million pilfered from the casino behind her home is because she can give it all to Bob Jones University to do the Lord’s work.
No wonder it only got an average 6 out of 10 at the Internet Movie Database.