O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Director: Joel Coen
Year Released: 2000
Rating: 1.0

This has to be the worst film I've seen from the Coen's ... ever (and yes, I did sit through The Hudsucker Proxy and The Big Lebowski). The first hour can be completely negated - it's fragmented, uninteresting and (also) painfully unfunny - nothing really starts jelling until the last act, when the presence of John Goodman helps. It's allegedly based on Homer's The Odyssey, but to even claim that was the inspiration is ludicrous and blasphemous - the film is pointless and juvenile. I'm grateful they aren't going the noir-route like with Blood Simple, but remaking Mack Sennett is too much. The three leads look completely foolish as more-people-the-filmmakers-can-look-down-upon; Holly Hunter's role is too brief.