It's a long time since I read Homer's Odyssey, so perhaps it's not surprising that I can't remember seeing any of this story in that story - well, hardly any. There's the blind seer, the sirens, the Cyclops, Pete seeming to be changed into a frog (the sort of trick Circe liked to pull), the fact that Everett's first name is Ulysses and his wife's name is Penny (Penelope), and a temporary associate of the boys attacks a herd of cattle ... . So, a few points of contact with The Odyssey, but it really only fits where it touches. But who cares? This is a brilliant film. Best I've seen in ages. I don't know why it's taken me so long to get round to watching it - probably put off by the title. Silly me. I loved The Hudsucker Proxy, The Big Lebowski, Raising Arizona - all fantastic Coen Bros films with dopey sounding titles. I should have just trusted them and watched this film years ago. To make up for lost time I watched it 3 times in the first week I had the DVD and kept skipping back to the beginning of the parts where The Soggy Bottom Boys sang "Man of Constant Sorrow". Fabulous music. And the dialogue is so clever, especially when you consider that the protagonists are more than slightly gormless - and they still give the impression of being idiots even whilst delivering these sparkling lines. Great comic acting. Great acting regardless of category, in fact. Another Coen master piece!
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