Bonafied Odyssey set in 1930's Mississippi
This is one of my favorite movies. I usually love the Coen brother's films and this one is just like them - quirky, smart and funny.
Loosely based on The Odyssey, Clooney plays Ulysses, Everett Ulysses McGill that is, a convict who escapes the chain-gang while attached to the the dim Pete (John Turturro) and the dimmer Delmar (Tim Blake Nelson). Everett tells his companions of a hidden treasure which he will share with them if they help him escape. On the way they meet a blind prophet, a cyclops (John Goodman), sirens, a man who sold his soul to the devil, a bank robber, the KKK and politicians on campaign.
The acting is excellent, the script is smart and funny - as usual with the Coen brothers - and the cinematography is beautiful! Of course the cd became a huge hit and the cool thing is that the music is part of the film - not just background noise like in most movies. Highly recommended.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
O Brother GREAT!
I bought the DVD version to replace my worn out VHS. I have watched this movie many times over the years and never tire of it. It is a modernized loosely based re-telling of Homers "The Odyssey". Though totally fictitious, there are enough actual historical characters (or some that are simply based on real people)...Baby Face (George) Nelson which was based on the actual gangster, Tommy Johnson which was based on the actual blues prodigy Robert Johnson that purportedly sold his soul to the devil to obtain his talent. The governor character was loosely based on Huey P. Long. The main charcters played by George Clooney, John Turturo,and Tim Blake Nelson were all incredible. At first it seems that Clooney is over-acting and making the character seem cheesy...but the more you watch the more you realize it is intentional to show how over the top self absorbed and self serving the character really is. The slap stick Three Stooge like interaction between the three is a pleasant change from some of the dark comedy you see. This movie will appeal to everyone on some level...from the story line to the character development to the laugh out loud comedy to the moral dilemmas that resolve nicely in the end.
All this PLUS an incredible soundtrack make this a movie folks will watch over and over.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
If you are looking for a hilarious movie; you've found it. This movie has to be one of the best movies ever made. The movie goes back to the depression era. The movie is all about three escaped convicts (Everett, Pete, and Delmar) with nothing to lose and alot to gain. Their adventures through the barren landscape includes run-ins with a blind prophet, a trio of sexy Sirens, a so called Bible-salesman, as well as other stuff from Southern folklore and pop-culture including a young blues musician, the Klan, and bank robber Baby Face Nelson. This movie is a must see. Definitely one of the best movies ever made, and the more you watch it the funnier it gets. Would Definitely recommend for everyone!
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Oh Brother Where Art Thou?
Quirky, fun...clever, intelligently done. Doesn't insult us with predictability.
It's a 20th century, depression era version of Homer's Odyssey, actually, a road movie. "O Brother" follows its three heroes on an odyssey during which they encounter a political campaign (just wait for the end), become radio stars by accident (the music is fabulous! I bought the CD), stumble upon a Klan meeting and deal with McGill's (George Clooney) wife, Penny (Holly Hunter), who is about to pack up with their seven daughters and marry a man who won't always be getting himself thrown into jail.
You will never forget "Dapper Dan's", or "R-u-n-n-o-f-t". Watch out for the frog.
The actors are fabulous. It's incredible to see them all fit together like they were born for the parts.
Loved the look (saw it on the big screen first) the golden monochromatic colour scheme in the first few scenes are perfect for the south in 1930's.
Give it a try and if you don't "get it", well, maybe you're not a Coen Brothers type of person. Some are some aren't.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
O Brother, Where Art Thou? The Cohens do it again!
Howdy folks, greetings from Texas!
I'm a big fan of the Cohen brothers films and their quirky but meaningful messages. Again, they hit the nail right on the head with this 'must-see' movie. John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson turn in fabulous charactor work, and George Clooney is perfectly over-the-top. The rest of the star-filled cast just add to this film in a way that it becames more than the sum of it's parts.
The music and score are top notch, and the Depression-era setting is captured in great detail. Many turns and twists; the funny lines and oddball situations are constant and evenly set throughout. What else can I say? It's a great film.
See it, you'll want to add it to your home library of movies you'll watch many times. You'll notice something new with every viewing!
Give it a try, I give it an A+!