Jay’s Birthday Bash Film #2 – O Brother Where Art Thou (2000)


In honor of my friend Jay from Life vs Film and the Head Shepherd at the LAMB‘s Birthday today, I allowed him to choose 4 films for me to review.

Check out my thoughts on the second of 4 films below!

Happy 31st Jay!  and many more…..

“Damn! We’re in a tight spot! ” – Ulysses Everett McGill

Number of Times Seen – Twice (19 Sep 2000 and 5 Aug 2018)

Brief Synopsis – Three men escape from a chain gang in search of a treasure that one of them buried before his imprisonment.

My Take on it – This is one of the strangest Coen Brother films and despite having an interesting idea, things just don’t work well enough here.

From a production standpoint this film looks amazing but the narrative is quite lacking and is problematic since it largely comes across as seeming too silly or wacky the entire time.

As with most Coen Brother films, the cast is quite talented but unfortunately none of them manage to stand out among the rest.

George Clooney is a much better straight dramatic actor than a comedic one like he plays in this film and due to this, we don’t get to experience his natural acting charm here.

Overall, this film feels like it was strung together quite sloppily and the story feels too forced instead of giving us one that manages to flow naturally throughout.

Bottom Line – Interesting film that is amazing from a production viewpoint yet doesn’t work very well on a story level because it comes across as too wacky or silly. The cast (as with most Coen Brother films) is amazing yet no one really manages to stand out among them all.  Clooney is much better in completely straight dramatic roles and doesn’t manage to show his natural acting charm with this role. The film just doesn’t work as well as one would hope and things seem too strung together and forced instead allowing it to flow naturally.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – George Clooney, upon reading the script did not immediately understand his character and so sent the script to his uncle Jack, a tobacco farmer who lived in Kentucky, and asked him to read the entire script into a tape recorder. Unknown to Clooney, in his recording, Jack, a devout Baptist, omitted all instances of the words “damn” and “hell” from the Coens’ script, which only became known to Clooney after the directors pointed this out to him in the middle of shooting. Jack had never been on a plane before flying in for the premiere. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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3 thoughts on “Jay’s Birthday Bash Film #2 – O Brother Where Art Thou (2000)

  1. This movie cracks me up. One of my favorite Coen brothers films. Clooney is a riot. The music is terrific. It’s wack-a-mole nuts but works for me.

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