O Brother Where Art Thou

O Brother Where Art Thou

  • Submitted By: justin40
  • Date Submitted: 10/30/2008 3:19 AM
  • Category: English
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Coen Brothers’ great work with some random stuff

A great film, ‘O Brother Where Art Thou?’, produced by Ethan; Joel Coen is a musical/comedy which has been nominated for a Golden Globe, including a Globe win for George Clooney as best actor in a musical/comedy. Although at times the apparent randomness of the plot confused audiences, the Coen Brothers directed a great cast of actors.

The movie is roughly based on Homer’s “Odyssey”. The movie was set in rural Mississippi during the great depression. The story is about three escaped convicts, Everett Ulysses McGill and his two companions Delmar and Pete. They go on an adventure and meet with some very colourful characters. The situations and the characters led the movie from the positively weird to absolutely hysterical and is well worth watching.

The acting was hilarious, especially when George Clooney showed his wit and sense of humour throughout his role as Ulysses Everett McGill. Although I am not a fan of Clooney, and I don’t know much about him, he was fantastic in his role. John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson are also hysterical as his two cohorts, Pete and Delmar. Their acting was comical especially when the three convicts met together in a movie theatre. They were talking among themselves in hushed tones trying to keep the guards from noticing them; however, the more they tried to be unobtrusive the more entertaining it becomes.

The costuming and the back ground atmosphere showed the time the movie was set well. The 1930s atmosphere was very real as demonstrated by the old style yellow horizontal striped prisons’ clothes, the old style houses, the old fashioned cars and the old style country songs that were sung. For example, ‘You are my sun shine’.

There were some negative points in this film. At times, it seems like the Coen just wasn’t true because from the colour of the leaves and the dead scene, it has the middle of July which is summer in the Northern Hemisphere. The film also...

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