This is the final part of my review of “O Brother Where Art Thou” read part 1 here and part 2 here if you haven’t seen it yet.

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Film’s title card.

Some Minor Criticisms on “O Brother Where Art Thou”

The film has many great things going for it, from the cinematography, imagery, storytelling, and music, the film has done a lot of things right.

With all these good points, however, I do still have some gripes when it comes to the film. Though, to be honest, I don’t really see it as something that affected my overall thoughts on it.

For one it felt like there were a lot of story arcs everywhere that just drifts off to nothing.

One example is the relationship between the governor and his son. They have been showing us how the son seeks approval from his father and how he tries to help. In the end, though, there was nothing. There was no conclusion or even a short scene of them in the end. It seems almost pointless to show the interaction of the two, and if it was done for comedic purposes, I didn’t feel it.

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The governor, Pappy O’Daniel (Charles Durning) and Junior O’Daniel (Del Pentecost)

Frankly, even without showing the interaction between father and son, the film could still go on. The point of the governor was to pardon the trio in the end as a way to gain support for his re-election. Knowing that the film could have just shown the campaigning and removed the interaction of father and son, and the film wouldn’t change one bit.

Another gripe I have is with the main protagonist’s love interest. The lack of interaction and communication between them makes it seem like the woman is shallow. At the end of the film, she just suddenly gets back together with the main character. If felt to me like she just went back to him because he was the lead singer of a popular band, it made no sense that suddenly she was just all over him.

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Everett’s love interest Penny played by Holly Hunter

There was no hint whatsoever in their interaction that she still had feelings for him, even on my second and third sitting of the film, my view didn’t change. She still came off as a shallow woman who left her fiancé to date a more popular guy. In fact, the film was strongly trying to show that she moved on and didn’t want to have anything to do with the main character.

Overall though, the film comes off as a good one. Though not the best of the Coen brothers (I mean have you seen the Big Lebowski or Fargo?), it is certainly not the worst and not boring. If you haven’t seen it yet, or just want to re-watch a good film with great country music, go and give “O Brother Where Art Thou” a watch.