Saturday, May 1, 2010

Capsule Review: O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

While lauded more for its Americana soundtrack than for the film that surrounds it upon its release, the Coen brothers' loose adaptation of Homer's Odyssey is a winner, with the tale of three escaped convicts - Everett (George Clooney), Pete (Coen regular John Turturro) and Delmar (Tim Blake Nelson) - making their way across 1930s Mississippi in search of some supposed treasure. Groundbreaking cinematography from Roger Deakins turned green fields and blue skies into a sun-bleached mix of brown and yellow, while the Coen's ear for dialogue is on full display. Packed with amazing music compiled by T-Bone Burnett, this film is a treat for the eyes and ears.

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