Film Analysis: O Brother Where Art Thou?

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O Brother Where Art Thou? is a film that will take you on a perilous journey with Ulysses Everett McGill and his simpleminded cohorts. This film may be set amidst the early 1930’s Great Depression era, but it still has a Homer’s Odyssey feel to it. Down in the dusty and highly racial south, Everett recruits a couple of dimwitted convicts, Pete Hogwallop and Delmar O’Donnell, to help him retrieve his lost treasure and make it back home before his wife marries another suitor. These three convicts manage to stay one step ahead of the law while finding themselves in all sorts of trouble. It was nominated for 35 other awards, one of which was for best screenwriting. Released in December of 2000, this film won 7 awards, some of which for best soundtrack and score, album of the year, as well as best cinematography. This film does a great job of capturing the essence of the dusty and dirty depression era. It even won an award for best cinematography for this film. Using a sepia style color scheme for this entire movie, it really gives you the feeling of the times. Everyone looks a bit weathered and tattered, so three white men breaking out of a chain gang and hopping on a train was not an eyebrow-raising situation. Many people of this era were bummers, moving from town to town looking for jobs; so long distance travel …show more content…

was a great film that was loosely based on Homers Odyssey. This film uses southern racism, Christian values, and folk music to help tie all of the mini adventures of Everett and his companions together. With the use of a sepia style color it really does a great job of making you feel like you were back with Everett and his companions in the great depression. Director Joel Coen does a great job of bringing together the feel and the music of the time to help you feel more compassionate about Everett’s journey. You will find yourself rooting for them to succeed as well as wondering what kind of mischief will they get into

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