In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them. On their journey they come across many comical characters and incredible situations. Based upon Homer's 'Odyssey'.
The Coen Brothers' picture is a whimsical, loose-limbed scramble through a Depression-era Mississippi that arises not from the pages of history but from a feverish imagination fed by old movies (chiefly Preston Sturges's "Sullivan's Travels"), folk music and Homer's "Odyssey." George Clooney, in a witty, relaxed performance, plays Ulysses Everett McGill, who escapes from a chain gang with two goofy sidekicks (John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson). In the course of their ramblings they encounter corrupt politicians, a blues-guitar prodigy and the Ku Klux Klan as well as a cyclops and a trio of sirens. This whimsical tall tale has a warmth and conviction lacking in some of the brothers' other movies, thanks to a soundtrack full of blues, gospel and country tunes that prove immune to pastiche or cynicism. — A. O. Scott
2000-12-22 | A. O. Scott | Read the New York Times Review of O Brother, Where Art Thou?