Movie Review: “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”

O_Brother_Where_Art_ThouO Brother, Where Art Thou?

Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen

Starring: George Clooney, John Turturro, and Tim Blake Nelson, with John Goodman, Holly Hunter, and Charles Durning in supporting roles

Rated PG-13 for some violence and language

Reviewed by Attie P.

Three convicts, Ulysses Everett McGill (George Clooney), known as Everett, Pete Hogwallop (John Turturro) and Delmar O’Donnel (Tim Blake Nelson), escape from jail in order to retrieve $1.2 million that Everett buried. On the way they meet a one-eyed Bible salesman (John Goodman), a bipolar bank robber, and three deceptive sirens, and produce a hit song (without knowing it).

Packed with comedy, a little action and an amazing soundtrack (also available at the library), O Brother, Where Art Thou? will become an instant favorite. Easy to quote and fun to watch for anybody age 10-100 that likes a good laugh.

The film also received two Academy Award nominations at the 2000 Academy Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Cinematography. For his portrayal of Ulysses Everett McGill, George Clooney received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. The film was also nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.