2/11/2009

What I'm Watching: O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Posted by Solace In Hunger

Here we have the surrealist farce from the Coen Brothers which is also a loose take on Homer's Odyssey. A trio of chain gang escapees led by George Clooney romp throughout Mississippi encountering politicking Guv'nors, Babyface Nelson, seductive Sirens and the Klan all while trying to reach a buried loot before it is washed away by a flood.

Somehow recollection of reading The Odyssey in high school seems to have escaped me and it may be time for a revisit. I thought the Coen's re-imaginings of the foes of their Odysseus to be brilliant. Of worthy note is John Goodman's menacing, Bible selling, white supremacist of a cyclops that brought a chuckle from me whenever onscreen. The film succeeds in capturing dreariness the dust bowl era yet lightening it up with the over the top lyrical slapstick common to the radio gags of the day.

Now it looks like that I have to turn to Amazon to track down some of Homer's works...

O Brother, Where Art Thou? on Internet Movie Database