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Joel Coen's "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"
Analysis and review of the film, "O Brother, Where Art Thou?".
# 48982 | 1,156 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Feb 22, 2004 in English (Analysis) , Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)

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This paper presents a film review of Joel Coen's spoof on Homer's classic, "The Odyssey". The film "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" is summarized, and the characters and their roles are compared to the traditional notion of heroes and heroic actions as seen in "The Odyssey". The paper also points out the underlying social themes of the film and comments on the artistic use of music as an integral part of the film's success.

From the Paper:

"Based loosely on Homer's Odyssey, including a hero with the same name, O Brother Where Art Thou is a tall tale of three convicts escaping from a chain gang in the Depression-era South. The hero, Ulysses Everett McGill (played by George Clooney), in keeping with the intended spoofiness and hilarity of the film, is the anti-thesis of the traditional hero. There is hardly anything noble about him. Yet, he fancies himself as a man of reason. Staunch allies usually support all heroes and O Brother stays with that tradition. However, the film is faithful to its mission of taking a hilarious look at heroes and adventures and so, McGill's two partners, Pete (John Turturro) is an argumentative con while Delmar (Tim Blake Nelson) is a sweet numbskull. Hardly, the epitome of men out on a serious mission!"

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