scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 451
From Blood Simple to Barton Fink to Fargo and The Big Lebowski Joel and Ethan Coen have been masters of eccentric storytelling and their latest -- O Brother Where Art Thou -- is no exception Based on Homers Odyssey no less it follows the bizarrely ragtag adventures of three escaped convicts who fled a Depression-era Mississippi chain gang The end of their particular rainbow is presumed to be a fortune hidden by Ulysses Everett McGill George Clooney on land scheduled to be flooded for a hydroelectric project although in truth the real prize turns out to be priceless Along the way they encounter a blind prophet who promises them riches beyond their dreams though not what they had bargained for a white-robed choir being baptized in a river a backstabbing cousin a burning barn a mysterious lawman Daniel Von Bargen once of Trinity Rep who wears sunglasses even at night a thieving Bible salesman a blind record producer who mistakes them for a singing group and turns them into the Soggy Bottom Boys three sirens singing in the river a cross-burning Ku Klux Klan lynching rally thats choreographed like a Busby Berkeley number an opportnistic governor desperate not to lose the upcoming election to his flamboyant opponent who travels with a midget and tommy-gun-blasting bank robber George Dont call me Baby Face Nelson Its wild and zany and imaginative and unfortunately never quite as funny as the Coens think it is As with most of their films the Coens pile on unusual situations and oddball characters with screwy names -- Vernon T Waldrip and Wash Hogwallop here Although the film seems punctuated by quirky twists of fate its all very contrived and the scripts seams inevitably show On the other hand O Brother Where Art Thou never lags because one never knows what strange thing will turn up next The chain gang escapees are played like The Three Stooges by Clooney
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA