O Brother Where Art Thou Analysis

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O’ Brother Where Art Thou? is an hour and forty-seven minute film released in the US on December 19, 2000. The film was written by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, and Homer and directed by Joel Coen. The film lightly based on Homer’s “ The Odyssey” is a story based deep in the South around the 1930s. Three convicts escape from prison to find treasure hidden by one of the escapees. The three men not knowing one of them is keeping a secret that could affect them all, they take a long journey to find treasure. The journey, filled with fortuitous encounters with characters such as a blind prophet and the notorious “Baby Face” Nelson. After a long and rough journey the men find treasure, but not the kind they were expecting. O’ Brother Where Art Thou? is…show more content…
In the film the main characters are Everett, Pete, and Delmar who are played by George Clooney, John Turturro, and Tim Blake Nelson. Everett is a strong personality that can be seen as the intellect and leader in the group. Clooney nailed this character mostly through facial ques and body language. Everett wears his emotions, and it is obvious when he is worried or confident such as in scenes with his wife. Pete is portrayed as a strong character that may come across as a halfwit but is actually very attentive to what is going on around him. Actor Turturro successfully portrayed the character of Pete through expression and tone of voice. In scenes where there is any controversy he becomes very concerned. Turturro put a stern look on and allowed his voice to become very confident. Delmar, who is a submissive in the group has views and beliefs that come across as comical throughout the film. Nelson played a very convincing Delmar, every action and word was fitting and perfectly portrayed. In the scene where people are being baptised Delmar is excited and overly energetic hoping that his sins will be washed away. Nelson hones in on this scene expressing this emotion through speech and
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