Capsule Review: "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"

by Eric Melin on January 12, 2001

in Print Reviews

The first Coen brothers film I didn’t like was “The Big Lebowski.” It didn’t have any of the drama or surreal hilarity of their other modern masterpieces like “Blood Simple,” “Miller’s Crossing,” “Barton Fink,” or “Fargo.” I may have been to quick to judge “Lebowski” since I loved the Coen’s earlier pictures so much. I find myself in that position again with “O Brother.” It’s loosely based on Homer’s “The Odyssey,” so I sort of knew what to expect. Which maybe explains why I liked it. My expectations for “Lebowski” were unrealistically high. And even though, I thought Jeff Bridges was funny, I couldn’t get into the rest of the film as a whole. In this one, my expectations were so low, that I think that partially contributed to my enjoyment. And, I liked George Clooney quite a bit. Maybe it’ll get better, too, with repeated viewings. Although, I must admit, I’ve seen “The Big Lebowski” twice, and I didn’t like it the second time either. Did I mention the cinematography and music in “O Brother” is really great? I guess that helped a little bit.

Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of and writes for The Pitch. He’s former President of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls, Ultimate Fakebook, and Truck Stop Love . He is also Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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