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Plot: In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them. Runtime: 107 mins Release Date: 30 Aug 2000
Thank goodness for the Coen Brothers. Their success has brought them bigger budgets,but hasn't rid them of their creativity. I had planned on seeing another movie, but it was sold out so I went to this one instead. By the time it began, I had forgotten what movie I was there to see. I was surprised in more ways than one. This movie is hilarious, but they don't make any cheap jokes just to get the laughs. The writing is brilliant, and delivered with great skill by George Clooney after this, nobody can say he's just a pretty face and the rest of the cast. It can be appreciated on <more>
many levels, whether you remember the Odyssey or not. I can't remember the last time I saw a movie that was this clever. I've seen others I would describe as beautiful, intriguing, funny and charming, all of which also describe "Oh Brother," but this movie reminded me of older seinfeld episodes where all the subplots came together in the end. You can feel that their journey is building up to something, but you can't tell what. And the Coen brothers do not fail us, the end is certainly not disappointing. It's surprising, and ties up all the loose ends neatly, without wearing the story out.
Not being a fan of the Coen Brothers or George Clooney, anyone can see the skepticism I took into the theater. Once again, someone in Hollywood dares to create something different. This time it was those zanie for a temporary lack of a better word Coens doing "their thing" to one of the great works in literary history. Who would've ever thought Homer had this in mind? I don't know where this film is going to fit in the history books of Hollywood, but it will be in both mine and many others DVD or VHS library. It is one of those films that you can watch over and over. The <more>
story is brilliantly written. Clean and entertaining, with a couple of Gumpesque brushes with fame, great performances by Clooney, Turturro, Nelson, and a brief but hilarious Holly Hunter. Being born in Mississippi and raised in other parts of the south, I wish more people would poke a little fun at us like this. They even invoke a soundtrack fitting for the rural south. You are NOT doing anything better this weekend, go see this movie!
A Serious Comedy with wonderful characters (by chucho_wig)
The Coen Brothers have truly outdone themselves in this wonderful saga of three escaped convicts. Though it is based on "The Odyssey," the ancient work of Homer, you do not have to have read "The Odyssey" to be able to follow the story. The brothers Coen have woven a tapestry of celluloid and aural delights! The soundtrack is intrinsic to the film, indeed it is as though the soundtrack is the product and the film is wrapping paper. Each character is wonderfully exploited and harkens back to the days of old when films were rich with character actors whose very appearance in <more>
the film adds richness, texture and authenticity. George Clooney is magnificent as the grease haired Everett Ulysses McGill, a honest con on the run whose pompous linguistics and vocabulary are comical and endearing. O Brother, Where Art Thou is easily the best Coen film to date as well as Clooney's best effort. Clooney is good enough to warrant a best actor nomination as is Tim Blake Nelson's portrayal of the dimwitted friend Delmar, while the film itself is deserving of a Best film nod.
This was the best film I saw in the year 2000. The Cohen brothers have never let me down before, and they certainly didn't this time either.It's one of those rare movies these days - it's witty, intelligent and vastly entertaining. I left the cinema with a warmth in my heart. Of course, there's lot of Cohen stuff in there - odd characters and peculiar gadgets, well-developed plot and magic camerawork. But no Cohen film is resembling any other Cohen film, if you overlook the general quality of them, of course.The big surprise for me was that Clooney is so good. But the true <more>
master performance in this movie comes from Tim Blake-Nelson. But the rest of the cast is superb too.A film that is lightweight comedy with a musical touch that evolve it's story round rednecks and old time country music - dripping with wit and intelligence. Thats a very unlikely combination. But it's exactly what this picture is.
How blessed we are with the current blizzard of fine films!Spoilers herein.Here the Coens embark on their most ambitious effort yet, playing with multiple dualities:--the real world and a magical reality of myth--the world of performance and the world of politics--the stories of song and those of image--the lovely bright yellow land of the south and the unlovely people who partly covered itIn the center of each duality, they placed the pretense of our trio moving through what Goethe said of Ulysses was an apprentice voyage. Clooney will really be p***ed when he realizes how these guys goofed <more>
on him. Turturro is a long time Coenite who understands their light regard for the patina of entertainment the ordinary viewer expects. In fact, he has just come off of two rather ambitious projects concerned with just these four dualities and the complex role of the actor in weaving them into apparent entertainment: his remarkable `Illuminata,' which he funded, wrote and directed, and Tim Robbins' similar but more political project, `Cradle Will Rock.' Turturro is becoming a phenomenon, real intelligence.Tim Blake Nelson participated in the highly adventurous `Hamlet' of last year, tilted toward just such an issue -- with Hamlet as a film student musing about these dualities. He then took Julia Stiles, the Ophelia, and directed the forthcoming `O,' a version of Othello that is held up I understand because it is `too intelligent.' He has written and directed other films which I haven't seen, but `Eye of God,' written and directed by him is supposed to also be about this same stuff. Natch, all the bright filmmakers are buzzing about these issues. Together, Turturro and Nelson play the game of switching realities, while both Clooney's character and Clooney are oblivious. The title is from a Sturges film-within-a-film. Same issues -- everything revolves around the chicken dance.A small complaint: the symbol of blindness was too heavihanded, much as with Woody Allen in `Crimes.' And `soggy bottom?" Joyce.
This depression era period piece is simply a delight. The music is wonderful; the fanciful, on the road story of lovable escaped convict country bumpkins, who pratfall their way through numerous scrapes invites hilarity; and the beautifully dove-tailed script by the Coen brothers is marvelous.That script was nominated for the Oscar for Best Screenplay based on material from another medium for 2001, but didn't win. Stephen Gaghan won for Traffic. But never mind. The writing is just so clever and that is part of what makes this movie so much fun to watch.That won't surprise viewers <more>
who are familiar with the work of Ethan and Joel Coen. Those guys are strikingly original talents who can write comedy and noir with the best of them as in, e.g., Raising Arizona 1987 , Blood Simple 1984 --their first, and in some ways, their best--and of course Fargo 1996 . Their work is characterized by irony, satirical intent, and sly plotting in which later events are foreshadowed by previous events. O, Brother, Where Art Thou? is especially replete with clever foreshadowing. Characters appear, as they are wont to do in road movies or epic wanderings, and then they are left behind as our heroes move on. Here however, the first appearance of a character is probably not the last appearance. When John Goodman first appears as a morally and ethnically-challenged Bible salesman who welds a mean stick, we may think he is gone, but I'll keep this vague when he reappears we are not surprised; in fact his reappearance is just right.One of the highlights is George Clooney as Ulysses Everett McGill whose sweet-smelling Dapper Dan hair pomade plays a bit of a role in the plot. He is perfect as a slick-talking, hairnet-wearing country wordsmith who could charm the birds out of the trees. With the slicked-back hair and the thin moustache, he reminded me a bit of Clark Gable, which is only right since Gable was a thirties film star whose style was much imitated.Clooney is supported by John Turturro, who has played in at least two other Coen and Coen movies that I have seen. He is one of those non-glamorous actors who is at the top of the profession. It may seem a bit of a casting stretch to play him as a Mississippi bumpkin, but he pulls it off. This is the same guy who was just perfect as a New York Jewish writer gone to Hollywood in Coen and Coen's Barton Fink 1991 .This is the first time I've seen Tim Blake Nelson, but he was also very good as the third country musketeer. As usual the alluring Holly Hunter gives a solid performance as Everett's estranged wife about to marry another man, the mother of his six daughters. But make no mistake about it, Clooney clearly steals the show, and I am surprised he wasn't nominated for Best Actor. He was really that good. He did win a Golden Globe award. And the music: country, bluegrass, hillbilly, gospel, traditional--and I know not what else--is really at the heart of the flick. When the "Soggy Bottom Boys" come on with their "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow" it really brings the house down. The Coens know this, and so later in the movie when the boys appear on stage, looking a little like ZZTop on a budget, they reprise it to the delight of the Mississippi folk at a political rally and really get the joint to jumping--and of course it all figures in the plot. And how appropriate is that lyric for a depression era song: "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow"! See this for both the Coen Brothers who know how to have fun with a movie, and for George Clooney, who puts on a mighty good show. Note: Over 500 of my movie reviews are now available in my book "Cut to the Chaise Lounge or I Can't Believe I Swallowed the Remote!" Get it at Amazon!
The Odyssey according to the Coen brothers (by jotix100)
The Coen brothers are probably America's most creative minds in recent years as shown by the many projects they have brought for our benefit in order to entertain us. As with all creative persons, some films are extraordinary, some are excellent, and a few miss the mark. Having seen the film in its original release, we were fortunate to see again in DVD format recently. With "O Brother, Where Art Thou", the Coens are at their best. Joel and Ethan Coen gathered one of the best group of performers to be in the film. George Clooney is seen as Ulysses, or Odysseus in the Greek epic, <more>
the man at the center of the action. Never has this actor been given this great opportunity and he has responded in ways that bowled us in watching him portray his character on the screen. To say this is his best work in the movies, is perhaps not saying anything at all! Mr. Clooney can thank the Coens for trusting in him and giving him the role of his career.The rest of the cast is perfection. Most of the players are part of the Coen's troupe of talented players at their disposal to give life to their characters in film. John Turturro, John Goodman and Holly Hunter have been in other films by the brothers and shine in this movie. Tim Blake Nelson, Charles Durning, Del Pentecost, and Daniel Von Bargen, among others do extraordinary work for the Coen team.The musical score by T Bone Burnett is what makes this movie unique. The use of the music works so well with the film as does Mr. Clooney's singing. Roger Deakins' cinematography also adds a rich texture to the story. A must see for all Coen brothers fans!
O Brother this one is surely entertaining, the most beautiful Coen brothers movie.The screen play is so engaging that you almost feel traveling with the characters.There are lot of good things about this movie, acting and Screen play are one of the most important. But the two most powerful things which make this movie an unforgettable experience are its music and cinematography. You might as well grab an OST of this.George Clooney and John Turturro are great as always, but strangely the performance I liked is of Tim Blake Nelson he just fit-in perfectly in the character. The locations chosen <more>
of Mississippi are visually stunning. This like every other Coen brothers movie can be enjoyed multiple times.This is surely 8 out of 10.Visually stunning peace of art...!
One commenter said that he could tell the people who enjoyed this movie don't get out much. That's pretty arrogant. The Shattuck theater in Berkeley was full of people who must not get out much then.True to Coen form, the movie exemplifies what I like about indie films. It's quirky. It doesn't conform to an "approved" plot formula. It's experimental. I can pay $8.00 for a movie like that, absolutely HATE the film, and still feel that the chance was worth taking. Turns out I thoroughly enjoyed O Brother, so that's like getting a bonus.But the next friggin' <more>
Mel Gibson historical whitewash, or the next tom hanks 2-hour cliche or the next billy crystal meg ryan syrupy romantic comedy had better be on-the-money or I'll feel I got ripped off.So if you want to go see what everyone else is seeing so you can like what everyone else liked and jabber about the same stupid characters reshot ad nauseam, then you probably want to stay away from anything like this movie. Go rent Sleepless in Seattle for the 100th time and stay in bed. God forbid you should risk seeing a bad movie.But if you like seeing something different from time to time, then get to the theater, pony up your eight bucks and watch the movie. You'll probably enjoy it & if you don't you can still feel thankful for the opportunity. Just don't let some arrogant film snob or some overrated TV fat guy tell you you're not supposed to like it.