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Review: O Brother, Where Art Thou (2000)

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The idea is so perfect, I wish I though of it myself. Take one of the most famous books in history (The Odyssey by Homer) and set it in 1930’s America. The plot is genius, and once again Joel and Ethan Coen transport you to this alternate world where you are stuck in for the two hours.

The journey begins with the escape of 3 criminals from the chain gang in Southern America. Led by Ulysses Everett McGill (Clooney), the trio proceed their journey to find the loot that they hid years earlier. Along the way, the meet Homer-ian distractions, such as a blind prophet, bathing sirens, a one-eyed monster, and one even gets turned into a frog!

If you were to tell me they were making The Odyssey into a movie set in the south, I would have a hard time believing it. However, as the Coen’s usually do, they make it work pulling you into this alternate movie world. Is it their best work? Not by a long shot. But it is the most foot-tapping worthy one.

My Rating: B


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