For this year’s A-To-Z Challenge, my theme is MOVIES. I will be working my way through the alphabet during the month of April with movie titles and short blurbs about each movie. Today’s movie is “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”
“O Brother, Where Art Thou?” was a 2000 crime comedy-drama musical film written, produced, co-edited and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It starred George Clooney, John Turturro, and Tim Blake Nelson, with Chris Thomas King, John Goodman, Holly Hunter, and Charles Durning in supporting roles.
I didn’t think I was going to like this movie, but oh brother, was I wrong. It was a hoot. The film was loosely based on Homer’s “Odyssey.” It deals with the twisted adventures of Ulysses Everett McGill (George Clooney) and his “companions” Delmar (Tim Blake Nelson) and Pete (John Turturro) in 1930s Mississipi.
McGill scams his way off of a hard-labor chain gang, and still shackled to his own chain-mates from the chain gang, he, Delmar, and Pete set out to pursue freedom and the promise of a fortune in buried treasure. With nothing to lose, their hasty run takes them on an incredible journey of awesome experiences and colorful characters in this hilarious, offbeat road picture. It’s an odyssey filled with chases, close calls, near misses, and betrayal that left me laughing out loud at every outrageous twist and turn.
The movie was nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Cinematography.
Music plays a key role in the film when the trio of convicts record a bluegrass song called “Man of Constant Sorrow” that becomes a hit. In the film and on the soundtrack, they’re billed as the Soggy Bottom Boys. The voices were actually those of Alison Krauss and Union Station member Dan Tyminski, Nashville Bluegrass Band member Pat Enright, and Music City songwriter Harley Allen.
The song was a hit in the real world, too. “Man of Constant Sorrow” charted in the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, and earned three major awards: Best Country Collaboration With Vocals at the Grammys, Song of the Year at the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, and Single of the Year at the CMA Awards.
I’d love to share more with you about this hugely entertaining movie, but I’m afraid I’d be spoiling it for you should you ever choose to watch it, which I seriously recommend that you do.