Books and Movies Reviews

O Brother Where Art Thou

In the film "O Brother, Where Art Thou," the Cohen Brothers present to the audience a comedic adventure of three on-the-run jail mate hillbillies led by the hero, Ulysses Everett McGill (George Clooney), looking to reclaim a buried treasure.The story takes place back in the days of the Depression-era, Deep South around the 1920s in Mississippi.It is a comedy.The picture is filled with intellectual and witty satire, as well as twists and turns, humorously paralleling scenes and characters from Homer's epic poem "The Odyssey."
In the movie, the Cohen Brothers use various elements to capture the attention of the audience. Just as any other directors attempt to do, they aim to draw the audience into the movie and catch the spirit of the southern, Mississippian, Depression-era hillbillies.In order to generate this affect, one of the key elements the Cohen Brothers use is language.More specifically, they use old-fashioned, southern idiomatic dialogue, which is not really used in today's contemporary dialogue.Yet, most are definitely familiar with it, which serves as the common base to carry out the affect.Just by listening to this southern-type language with its southern accents and all its slang, idioms, and euphemisms, the picture of vast countryside farms and cornfields, old-fashion cars, live-stock, dirt roads, and rednecks and hillbillies in overalls with severe farmer's tan instantly comes to mind. Thus, everything becomes more of a reality.However, more importantly, with a whole lot of fresh witty intellectual satire, there are plenty of laughs through this southern dialogue, which serve as the whole point of making the movie.It is a comedy.Of course the task was not plain and simple.The Cohen Brothers did their research.
Throughout the entire picture, there are a countless number of slang phrases, idioms, and euphemisms used.Of course there ar


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