Cinema Over-Analysis: O Brother, Where Art Thou?

I’m going to shoe-horn an odd fit into this week’s blog.

This is a brief over-analysis of a scene in O Brother, Where Art Thou?

The film can be characterized as a fantasy adaptation of Homer’s The Odyssey reimagined as a period piece comedy with typical (atypical perhaps since it’s one of their best) Coen Brother quirkiness.


Upon rewatching this film I realized two things when the three fugitives played by George Clooney, Jon Turturro, and Tim Blake Nelson are drugged by the three sirens. First, they take Pete and leave the other two behind to mistake Pete’s absent clothes and a found frog as a polymorphed Pete. This leads me to believe that they could only manage to take one of them, that only Pete had a reward that they were aware of, or that the reward for him for some reason was higher than that of the other two. When later they spring Pete from prison he mentions that he was turned in for a bounty. Yet Pete was also slated for release in two weeks. Since they were all fugitives, I would guess that an equal bounty would be in place for all three since the crime was escaping from prison rather than anything else, as Delmar and Everett’s crimes were robbery and practicing law without a license, respectively.

o brother sirens

Since the escape had only happened a few days before, the second conclusion is that these three ladies were in a position to hear about the escape and the bounty. This would of course make them bounty hunters, putting them in the company of Boba Fett, Dengar, IG-88, Bossk, 4-LOM and Zuckuss.

As they didn’t use disintegrators, the three sirens should go on the Empire, er, The First Order’s short list of hires, as they deliver.

bounty hunters

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