September 26, 2006
I just want to plug what may be my new favorite movie. Well, it is in my top three anyway. For anyone that has not seen “O Brother Where Art Thou?” I highly encourage you to do so. There is more to like in this movie with each subsequent viewing. I have now seen it four times and I liked it better on this fourth go than any of the previous three. It is just so clever and simple at the same time. Not many people are aware that it is based on Homer’s “Odyssey”. Whoever takes that particular subject matter and turns it into a depression era comedy should either be institutionalized or canonized. I vote for the latter in this case. Top that off with a soundtrack that brought bluegrass music into the folds of twenty-first century popular radio and you have quite a coup. Now, I don’t consider myself a big fan of George Clooney. Sure, he was pretty good playing a doctor on “ER”. And “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Ocean’s Twelve” had a certain charm (mostly attributed to the entire ensemble cast). But, he should have won awards for his portrayal of the fast talkin’, hair net wearin’ escaped convict searching for his most valued treasure. We have all known his kind. We have usually called them friends (maybe not the convict part…then again, maybe so) as they have an endearing quality that is hard to single out. We just root for them to succeed. That is the case in ”O Brother”. If you haven’t seen it, go out and rent it. If you have seen it, watch it again. Listen closely as you will hear some very funny stuff that was surely missed the first time…or three…that you saw it. Now I will leave you with a quote from Big Dan Teague (played by John Goodman) : “So long boys. See you in the funny papers”.