George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson
Directed by the Coen brothers
Three escaped convicts make their way slowly to promised buried treasure. On their journey by foot, by car, and through a bank holdup, the convicts accidentally become a statewide famous musical group by the name of the Soggy Bottom Boys. All the while a relentless lawman searches Mississippi for them.
The film has an underlying parallel to Homer’s “Odyssey”. Everett (Clooney), Pete (Turturro), and Delmar (Nelson) are the convicts, originally chained up together and made their escape. They meet interesting characters similar to the ones found Homer’s story. They are tempted by singing women, have an almost deadly encounter with a one-eye Bible salesman, and meet a prophet who lays the moral of the movie.
The comedy and musical arrangements bring the movie together. The soundtrack won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 2002. “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” has a straightforward plot that helps the movie go along at a good pace. It doesn’t drag or bore. The three criminals soon turn the favor of the audience, as they’re not really terrible criminals.
It’s an entertaining movie to watch. The characters leave an impression for their humor and musical talent.