I don’t know if it’s because I just finished reading Madeline Miller’s “Circe” or something else, but I seem to be on a Greek mythology kick right now.
Ethan and Joel Coen’s epic comedy, “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” based on Homer’s epic poem, “The Odyssey” is a classic. The movie first came out on Christmas Day in 2000, but almost twenty years later, it is still as good as it has ever been. What I enjoyed most in watching it again was the humor. I knew all the laughs, but was still surprised by scenes, which had me cracking up all over again.
If you haven’t seen this movie and you love a good laugh, go find a copy. For the rest of May, it is screening on Vudu.com for free with ads. The film is set in Mississippi in the 1930s during a gubernatorial election year. The story takes Everett, Pete and Delmar, three escaped convicts on an odyssey in search of hidden treasure, leading to unlikely and comedic trials that ensue.
The film’s cast is top notch: George Clooney plays Everett, John Turturro plays Pete, and Tim Blake Nelson plays Delmar. John Goodman, Holly Hunter and Chris Thomas King all have supporting roles in the film. But one of my favorite minor characters, and a mainstay of many of the Coen Brothers films, was the late, great Charles Durning, who played the Incumbent Governor, Pappy O’Daniel.
The story is very loosely based on “The Odyssey” with the lead trio’s run-ins with sirens, a cyclops, and a blind prophet who warns them that “the treasure you seek shall not be the treasure you find.”
I think this is one of my favorite movies of all-time, and watching it again almost twenty years since the first time I saw it as a seventeen-year-old, I think I loved it even more.