O Brother Where art Thou? is set during the Great Depression and follows the lives of three men who had recently broke out of jail. They are attempting to find treasure that one of them had stolen before going to jail. The only problem is they only have four days until it is lost forever. Now, you might not know just by watching that this movie is based off a book. You may even be more surprised that it is loosely based from Homer’s The Odyssey.
The directors do a tremendous job in correlating the two stories so that some people can see the similarities. This method of movie making is very unique and not many people do it. It is hard enough to interpret a story into a movie, let alone using a completely different setting and story-telling style.