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Grade - D+ A rather poor entry from the Coen's here. It looks great, and has some good performances, but other than that the movie feels like a flat, boring, one note song that I'd rather not listen to again.
Very good movie. Tonally, the Coen brothers strike gold again with a wacky comedy full of smart humor, clever satire and great music that is led by great performances from its three leads. The only issue is its pacing is a little slow in multiple moments, drawing away from the great story.
It takes a lot for the Coen Bros to make a movie that isn't entertaining. 'O Brother Where Art Thou?' is engaging at times but it's very hit or miss. The cast is having fun which isn't unusual for a Coen flick, but it just didn't make me laugh and there were instances I was bored. Worthwhile for the performances and the supporting cast but we have come to expect better from Coen and Company. Final Score 5.7 of 10.
Overlooked today in favor of its folk soundtrack, "O Brother" stands out among the Coen bros films that tell a deep story with important themes, yet don't take themselves too seriously. O Brother takes The Odyssey and transports it to Depression-era Mississippi, and it will be remembered for clever dialog that's fitting for the time period. The use of repetition will be amusing for many, but annoying to other moviegoers.