O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a wide appeal to the wider audience (wider than, say Fargo was intended, or The Big Lebowski) by the Coen Brothers, about a gleek of chawbacons: Ulysses Everett McGill (George Clooney), Delmar (Tim Blake Nelson) and Pete (Coens' staple John Turturro).The trio of chain gang escapees have "R-u-n-n-o-f-t" to find a treasure that Everett, a hair-obsessive, hid previous to his arrest. A modernization (at least up to the early 1900s) of Homer's "The Odyssey," is mostly lost to me. With the exception to the end, there was little of Homer's epic poem that I remembered from my freshman year of high school, seeing as it was one of our required texts. And not being a Coen Brothers' fan either, I found myself enjoying this more than I would have expected. O Brother has an enjoyable southern feeling, nicely teeming without the bluesy and soul music. I think the actors had more fun than we do watching it, but all three of the leads, and then a forth member, Tommy (Chris Thomas King), all do very well in their respective roles. Clooney is all right, still not in the right niche, but he works the comedy over well. Turturro is again underused in a role that he could have gone higher and further with if he was given the chance. I'd like to see Turturro back in the cockpit again, as in Box of Moonlight. He's an excellent player, but does even better on his own. The critical agreement seems to be that Nelson was the best, as the more physical and doofy of the three. Not usually the actor, Nelson is a writer/director, as with Eye of God from several years ago. Roger Deakins' cinematography is very crisp and jaundiced, and serves as a strong technical support for the movie. But as wide as the appeal has been made, it still isn't enough to reach out beyond most of those within the Coens' niche, and does little to convert the outsiders. Again, kudos to the music, especially the hit by "The Soggy Bottom Boys."Final Verdict: B-.