The Coens told a big fib when they said that Fargo was based on a real life event, only to reveal after the fact that it wasn't. Going in to see this film and seeing the proclamation that it's based on The Odysey could turn people off until you see our hapless heroes battling a cyclops, lured by sirens by the water and a wife named Penny. Even real life events are given a unique spin such as a famous guitar player named Tommy Johnson or a cantankerous Governer played by Charles Durning who loves the song "You Are My Sunshine."
Set in Depression era Mississippi has a chain gang trio, the slick tounged Everett, ornery Pete and the dim bulb Delmar on the run from the cops and in search of Everett's hidden money from an armored car robbery before a dam building project buries it forever. Along the way, our heoes become muscial phnoms overnight and have other misadventures including, bank robberies, dead cows, toads and a Klan rally done in a musical dance sequence fill the rest of the way. If some of that sounds as tasteless as an episode of Hogan's Heroes, don't let it bug you too much as the events are done up in a campy way to make it palatable yet still face palm inducing. A fantastic line in the movie has someone saying that they love "that old timey material." Old timey meaning whats going on now, instead of someone present day talking about the same songs.
O Brother, Where Art Thou?, is surely one of those movies that really tries to pack in plenty to the movie with it's stops along the way in terms of events or action scenes. I don't often comment on cinematography but it's wonderful and the dust and dirt colorizing of the surroundings which is gone into on the DVD is miraculous to look at.
Not a GREAT film, it is a Coen movie meaning in so many words you can't expect anything too normal to happen, especially considering it's one of their comedies and it won't measure up to their more violent movies like Blood Simple or Fargo. It makes up for this in a manner of it's strange vignettes and characters that we see. Great movies always have those well fleshed out characters or people that you come to love on the journey while you watch. O Brother, is another of those movies that you wish to follow on more adventures.
*** out of **** Homer's "The Odyssey" is like the Shakespearean wonder of epic poems; it's difficult or perhaps even impossible to adapt. But that doesn't stop Joel and Ethan Coen for giving it a shot. And I'm glad they did. "O Brother, Where Art Thou" is a Coen Brothers film loosely based on Homer's masterpiece, and it entertains accordingly. In all honesty, I can say that it's the best Homer adaptation we can get considering … more
I had to watch it twice to be able to laugh. The first time through everything was just a wee bit too funny to laugh. The second time through I had to pause it at several points. To paraphrase: Its a cinematic oddity; two seconds from guffawing everywhere.
Pros: Coen Brothers film - high expectations - good soundtrack Cons: bad acting, bad script, nonsensical plot, made fun of Southerners The Bottom Line: Bad acting,bad accents, script and all around feel of this film. A real lame o! Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot. What a disappointment this film was. We are big fans of the Coen Brothers so of course we couldn't wait for this to come out. … more
Pros: scenery tho stark was beautiful Cons: confusing story line The Bottom Line: Just didn't do it for me The Oracle says: Musetta Vander has a Bacon number of 2. Musetta Vander was in Gunshy (1998) with Diane Lane Diane Lane was in My Dog Skip (2000) with Kevin Bacon *** Im gently learning to admire country but I never will … more
Born in Wausau Wisconsin. Move at an early age to Ventura California and lived for 8 years. Growing up in a big city landscape didn't prepare me for my next move: Archbold Ohio with a population of … more
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