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O Brother, Where Art Thou? (rewatch)

Posted by martinteller on February 21, 2006

I thought I’d watch it once more and get rid of it, but it’s a keeper.  One of the Coens’ best, a glorious mix of depression-era folk songs, Homer’s Odyssey, and Preston Sturges-style comedy.  It’s jam-packed with plot development, with one “tight spot” after another.  Clooney shows a remarkable ability to handle comedy, the music is enthralling, and Deakins’s tempered cinematography is beautiful.  One very minor qualm: the movie feels like it should end right after the political rally, but everything in that last 15 minutes is great too, and absolutely necessary.  Just kinda gives the ending an odd rhythm.  Rating: 9


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