Based on Homer’s Odyssey, three convicts escape a Depression-era southern prison with the goal of retrieving hidden caper loot and living better lives. On the way they encounter dirty politicians, sirens, sages, and even make a hit record.
George Clooney (Everett), John Turturro (Pete), Tim Nelson (Delmar), John Goodman (Big Dan T), Holly Hunter (Penny), Chris King (Tommy), Charles Durning (Pappy), Del Pentecost (Junior), Michael Badalucco (George).
O Brother, Where Art Thou? begins with us meeting the three convicts as they escape from prison. As their comedy filled journey evolves so do their characters and the plot. Along the way the three encounter unusual people one after the other though somehow with their fumbling and bumbling they manage to come through it all no worse off. The film finally completes with an amusing, though somewhat expected, ending that leaves us with a smile.
Acting was surprisingly good here with Clooney showing that he has more than just a pretty face. Turturro delivered well as usual while Nelson did a good job of rounding out the main cast. Supporting work by Goodman, Hunter, King, Durning and others was well done adding a quality feel to the film.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were also very well done with a solid, authentic feel throughout the film. Effects were largely physical and well done, while the minimal CGI was a bit rough. Dialogue was amusing, sarcastic, and enjoyed some nice subtle humor. Sound was good but the soundtrack was amazing. Very good work on the original score by T-Bone Burnett.
Overall O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a fun, quirky satire with a nice dose of action thrown in that keeps the film interesting between laughs. Those who enjoy multi-faceted humor will enjoy this the most while some may view it as overly childish.
With some violence and foul language, this should be fine for older teens and above.
O Brother, Where Art Thou? is no longer showing in any Littleton, Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
copyright ©2011 Dave Riedel
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