My Favorite Movies #20 – O Brother, Where Art Thou?

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

2000

Directed by Joel & Ethan Coen

Quick synopsis… With their collective eye focused on retrieving a cache of hidden money, three convicts break out of jail in Depression-era Mississippi and embark on an epic journey that bears more than a few similarities to Homer’s Odyssey.

  • So… the thing is… I started to watch this movie so that this post would make sense.
  • And I just kept watching without making any observations or attempts at summarizing the plot.
  • Here’s what you need to know…
  • This movie is pretty spectacular.
  • It is a brilliant satire/loose interpretation of Homer’s The Odyssey.
  • You may think you’re not familiar with The Odyssey, but you’re probably more familiar with it than you think.
  • It’s an epic poem and Homer’s follow up to The Iliad.
  • Where The Iliad told the story of the Trojan War, The Odyssey tells the story of Greek hero Odysseus’ long journey home.
  • George Clooney plays Ulysses Everett McGill, who corresponds to Odysseus.
  • John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson play Pete and Delmar respectively, representing Odysseus’ soldiers who travel with him.
  • Together, these three have escaped from a chain gang and are fugitives on the run throughout the film.
  • Like The Odyssey, O Brother, Where Art Thou? details a hero’s journey.
  • They encounter the Sirens that lure the men to their demise.
  • They come across the Cyclops (AKA “Big Dan,” played by John Goodman) who robs and beats the men before leaving them behind.
  • The movie has a lot of incredible dialogue and is so quotable.
  • It’s one of those that’s fun to talk about with other people who are fans of the film.
  • I definitely recommend it to anyone who has yet to watch it.
  • In my opinion, O Brother, Where Art Thou? is the best that the Coen brothers have to offer.

Come back next week for something a little action packed. It’s the movie that probably should have been the last Indiana Jones movie.

2 thoughts on “My Favorite Movies #20 – O Brother, Where Art Thou?

  1. Great post!

    OBWAT rocketed onto my “Top Ten All-Time Favorite Movie List” the very first time I saw it. It is brilliant from start to finish. And not just the dialog and the acting, but everything: music, story-line, cinematography, casting, mood … EVERYTHING. And, best of all, as a man who grew up in Mississippi, this movie actually NAILED the accents. Most movies with Mississippi accents make me cringe because apparently they think everyone from Mississippi talks like Scarlet O’Hara and Rhett Butler.

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