Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?

What a hoot! And what a great soundtrack. Brother is a musical comedy based on Homer’s The Odyssey. Three escaped convicts meet the Depression-era equivalents of the Cyclops, Sirens, etc. George Clooney uses a very good imitation of Clark Gable in his portrayal of Ulysses Everett McGill. His sidekicks, Pete and Delmar, are played very nicely by John Turturro and Jim Blake Nelson. Nelson’s performance is particularly good when you realize it’s one of his few lead roles–he does more work behind the camera as a writer and director.

So many film makers get a little cred under their belt, then proceed to make a film that over-reaches (see Magnolia). This setup was ripe for an over-reach by the Coens, but they resisted. Brother is one of their best films to date–a fun romp and a spot-on adaptation of a classic work.

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