Are you a Dapper Dan man?
|Here's a familiar factoid: Did you know that
no matter where you are right now, there is a copy of The Odyssey
within six feet of you? It's true! Or am I thinking about the proximity of
spiders? No matter.
It's not important whether you've read The Odyssey
the fact that the new Coen Brothers film is based on it is just a bit of
trivia that you can produce the next time you're at the water cooler to
impress your friends. That's how I use it, anyway.
So what's it about? Three escaped convicts travel
through the depression-era South, in search of treasure. And they will
find it, though not the treasure they have been seeking. George Clooney,
Tim Blake Nelson, and John Turturro are the escapees; for once, I have
nothing but praise for Clooney's performance. In fact, everyone is pretty
much spot-on. Coen Brothers favourites John Goodman and Holly Hunter make
appearances that remind me of what they're capable.
The film is shot in a faint sepia tone pall. Or perhaps
you'd rather think of it as a gold coloured filter of days gone by. Roger
Deakins (cinematographer) paints us a beautiful picture of a dry, hot
summer with the same skill he demonstrated in earlier Coen movies like
"The Big Lebowski", "Barton Fink", and "The
Hudsucker Proxy". Looking over his credits, I find that he's
photographed a number of my favourite films: "1984",
"Stormy Monday" and "Kundun" to name a few.
And just in case lush visuals aren't your thing, I'd say
you should go for the music alone. For the last month or so, I've been listening to the
soundtrack at home and at work. It's nothing but gentle hillbilly music
for which I've had no appetite until now.
was going to give my usual benediction of "no car chases" and
"no guns", then but remembered that there actually is a scene
with car chase, and in fact, they're shooting guns at the same time. But
never mind. Go see in anyway.