This used to be one of my favorite films of all time, and still is on that list, however I haven't seen it in over a year. We watched most of it in a class, but class ended today, so I decided to break out my own DVD copy to finish it.
I have always really loved the Coens' style. I have seen many of their films, however I am a bit behind on some of their earlier films. I love their quirky humor in their comedy films, as well as their taste in music. Their use of cinematography is also phenomenal, as is their choice of color scheme. Their creative choices really help create this world on screen that captivates the audience.
I thought that this film was very well-written. While I haven't read all of "Odyssey", I have read parts and am familiar with the comprehensive story. I thought that this film was an interesting adaptation of that tale, modernizing it somewhat, while keeping the essence of the story there. The film is thoroughly interesting and funny, and the characters are very well-developed, making for a good movie. It's not really fair for me to judge predictability now, as I have seen this movie so many times, however there is a "twist" at the end that throws off potential predictability.
The acting in this film is also phenomenal. George Clooney is great in what I think is probably one of his best performances. He is both funny and charismatic, feeling like a natural fit to the role. Turturro and Blake Nelson are great complements to Clooney's character, each bringing a different personality and humor to the role. Additional supporting cast members, such as Goodman and Duvall are also hilarious, providing for some of the best scenes in the film.
So overall, "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" remains one of my favorite films of all time. It is well-made and extremely enjoyable. I highly recommend it if you have never seen it, and it is a great introduction to the Coens' films if you have never seen any of them.
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Big Tuna's Rating: A+
How Did I Watch It?: DVD/Blu-Ray in a class and that I own.
Had I Seen It Before?: Yes, many times.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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