Tuesday, March 26, 2013

O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU? - SHORT REVIEW

O Brother, Where Art Thou?
December 22, 2000
108 min
United States (English)

Directed by Joel Coen
Written by Joel and Ethan Coen


"O Brother, Where Art Thou?" is yet another singular vision from the Coen Brothers executed from a sharp script and through a celebrated cast.

The Coens adapted Homer's "The Odyssey" and set it in the Depressed American South for "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" The harvest is a wild and hilarious ride down one open country road. George Clooney, John Turturro (a Coen favorite) and Tim Blake Nelson rival the Three Stooges themselves as the three muses leading us through the chaos. They're met with an outstanding array of character actors and scenarios.

Roger Deakins and his assistants have captured the setting in all its glory. Unprecedented color correction during post production lends this odyssey a look that is both warm and worn. It may not be saying much by the journey's end, but enough is said along the way to make this an admirable and even contemporary classic of a folk tale.

"Damn! We're in a tight spot!"
- Ulysses Everett McGill



★★★★½

CONTENT: language, violence and brief sensuality

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