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Genre: Comedy
Starring: George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson,
Holly Hunter
Director: Joel Coen
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2000







Languages: English
Subtitles: English
Running Time: 1 hr 55 mins
Region Code: VCD
Distributor: Berjaya HVN




Led by smooth talking Everett Ulysees McGill (George Clooney), three escaped convicts make a break for freedom from a chain-gang in Depression era Mississippi. McGill talks the other two into the daring escape with the lure of a substantial stash of cash, buried after an armoured car heist. On their long and fraught journey home, the escapees hook up with a traveling bluesman who has sold his soul to the devil for musical talent. In an attempt to raise cash, they stumble into an isolated radio station and record a ‘good-timey’ song under the band/hill-billy name “The Soggy Bottom Boys”. The trio become overnight radio stars, with the whole of Mississippi desperate to find the whereabouts of the bonafide recording sensations!


O Brother, Where Art Thou? was made in 2000 but never did find a release in our local theatres. I do not know the reason behind this but I would suspect that it was because O Brother was conjured by the Coen Brothers. Why? Well, if Fargo and Raising Arizona are anything to come by, Coen Brothers’ movies are an acquired taste. In fact, you’ll either like it or you won’t. Do not be turned away by the movie’s Shakespeare-esque title though or you’ll miss a witty comedy.

The movie is loosely inspired by Homer’s epic, The Odyssey. Heck, even the main character’s name is Ulysses. And, it’s all about a journey. Ulysses (George Clooney) wants to escape from a chain gang and in wanting to do so, he has to talk the other two guys who are chained to him, Delmar (Tim Blake Nelson) and Pete (John Turturro). Ulysses entices them with the offer of a hidden treasure at the end of the journey. What they do not expect is to stumble into a political campaign, a Klan meeting and becoming overnight radio stars known as The Soggy Bottom Boys.

With Coen Brothers’ veterans like John Goodman, Holly Hunter and Tim Blake Nelson in the cast, the characters are all well executed. In this, George Clooney exercises his comedic prowess which has been pretty lackluster as of late. And, the Coen Brothers have made another worthy movie. It seems that they always seem to have something up their sleeves. The movie is light-hearted and satirical, right where the Coen Brothers belong.


Review by Mohamad Shaifulbahri


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This review is made possible with the kind support from HVN Berjaya


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