Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Musical 'O Brother' Is Better Listened to Than Watched.

Byline: The Reel Thing JAMES YODICE Of the Journal

Eccentricity and the Coen brothers go together like, well, uh, let's see well, they just belong together, that's all. Leave it at that. There has always been an undeniable abstractness to the relationship they share with film as a medium, an outright zaniness to their methods which usually translates into movie-making nirvana.

Few filmmakers skewer the human condition like the Coens, and there is something unnervingly accurate about their movies that strikes a chord with audiences.

But I never thought I would say this even the Coen brothers can cross the line into the abyss.

Which they have, with the bewildering, painfully unfunny "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" a film loosely based on Homer's "The Odyssey." So loosely based, in fact, that neither Coen, screenwriter Ethan or director Joel, admits to having read the epic poem. …

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