I love this film. Although episodic in structure, its spine is Homer's Odyssey which is about a hero (Ulysses) trying to get home to his wife and his struggle to do so. Initially this doesn't appear to be the case as Everett Ulysses McGill (Clooney) convinces the two men he's chained to on the chain gang to escape with him because he has buried a stolen 1.2 million dollars near shack in a valley about to be flooded. Clooney's character is wonderful: vain and not as intelligent as thinks albeit clever enough to con his two friends Pete (John Turturro) and Delmar (Tim Blake Nelson) whose combined i.q. might reach double digits. Having escaped from the chain gang, they embark on a series of picaresque adventure across Mississipi.
The colour is bleached and at the very beginning the film is black and white, only fading gradually as the camera pans to the chain gang, who are chanting a work song, does the colour fade in.