O Brother, Where Art Thou?

I hate how much I love the Coen Brothers


Release date: October 19, 2000
Director: Joel Coen (Produced by Ethan Coen) i.e. The Coen Brothers
Language: English

Who should watch this movie: People who have read the Odyssey. Painters/visual artists. 

When should you watch this movie: When you are feeling particularly patient and want to laugh a little. 

The sell: I really love this movie because it nails my sense of humor precisely. The references are funny and well delivered, and the acting is on point. I love Tim Blake Nelson in particular (you should see him in Watchmen). That being said, it is a very WHITE movie set in a time and place where that makes no sense. The movie discusses and portrays racism but not critically or with nuance. It centers not one but three white characters such that the black characters act as backdrop. Yes, it calls out and ridicules white supremacy, but that does not make up for its active erasure of black voices in film. The Coen brothers do this a lot actually, and while yes this movie is gorgeous (the color story is A+), it doesn’t do enough.

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