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:: O Brother, Where Art Thou?

The Coen brothers (Fargo, The Big Lebowski), now present us with O Brother, Where Art Thou? Three criminals (George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson), escape imprisonment to embark on a journey to hidden treasure. We get Clooney, good crim. / hair cream/ white collar, as Ulysses Everett McGill. The commercial actor plays the likeable character, now in a cooler film. We also find a return of Coen brothers’ favourite, John Turturro (Barton Fink, Miller’s Crossing, The Big Lebowski), playing Pete, alongside Tim Blake Nelson as Delmar.
O Brother Where Art Thou is a modern day spin on Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’, but I’ve never read the book. I remembered passages about the ‘Lotus Eaters’, mythical timewasters, so my viewing was based around looking for them.

There were many distracters amongst the subcharacters. It’s funny. I get that clever film feel, with hidden jokes if you want them. Are we to question how relevant traditional myth and religion are important to the foundations of American criminal history? I was looking at the colour changes - washed and bold at times. Yellow journey along a rock road as a mythical group called The Soggy Bottom Boys produce a hit record. The movie contains original bluegrass music along the lines of Ralph Stanley and Gillian Welsh, along with better-known Emmy Lou Harris. I was searching for their live show performance in the film, but couldn’t find it. One sub-character was based on a delta blues legend who sold his soul to the devil to play music. As extreme a belief as the choreographed cameo appearance of the Ku Klux Klan, and incites into baptismal Christianity. Another subcharacter legend is Babyface Nelson, a gangster based on the infamous. Within the format of traditional myths are a flood, tempturing women and transformation of man to creature.
I was primed for more myths and legends (spot the Homer reference), so character and events were keenly watched, but some were left. Look out for blind characters, out of period props and costume, and Holly Hunter.