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 the Screen Stealers column for The Pitch. He’s President of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls and Ultimate Fakebook. He is also Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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