Thursday, May 6, 2010

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Joel and Ethan Coen are an (cough) "unique" pair of filmmakers. They managed to make movies that are different from other movies. Anyway, back to the review.

Mississippi, 1937. Ulysses Everett McGill (George Clooney), Delmar O'Donnell (Tim Blake Nelson) and Pete (John Turturro) escape from a jail chain gang intent on getting to the loot stashed away by Everett. As this is at his house soon to be flooded by a new dam, speed is of the essence. They find themselves fast-talking their way out of one jam after another, and along the way not only have to be wary of riverside sirens but even get to make a pretty good country record.

With this being only one of two Coen brothers movies I've seen (the other is Raising Arizona), I really didn't know what to expect from them. But it's soon obvious: violence which is glorified to the maxium level. But apart from that factor, O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a pretty good movie. Good soundtrack, too.

My Rating: ****1/2

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