O Brother, Where Art Thou? Reviews
As a total package the film is a series of near quaint sepia tinted vignettes with a certain "ol' timey" vibe. More of a compilation of various themes and scenes than an actual film, the type of thing you would expect a collection of fragmented pieces of art from a time now past. Some would say this as a negative but I think it works great.
Part Homer and part Twain, O Brother Where Out Thou follow a kind of dreamlike timeline. The film supposedly only takes place over a span of four days but events conspire that would have taken months, characters enter and leave the story without much effort or seeming relevance to the the larger plot, the plot ends at one point and then begins again.
The nontraditional narrative structure works with the conflicting opinions presented within on things like religion, America, redemption, and the ever present Coen's theme of finding meaning in life amidst gods, devils, monsters (like a one eyed John Goodman), and seemingly aimless chaos. It's an American period piece that elevates itself beyond it's immediate reach with ease.
Outstanding !!! ??