ERIC VANDER LEEejvanderlee12@ole.augie.edu
What should be too good to be true?
Seeing Rob Oliver and George Clooney in the same place. But Augustana’s Food, Faculty and Film, co-sponsored by UBG, Viking Days Committee and Civitas, will deliver just that with their presentation of O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Seniors Chi Ngo and Jessica Spalding, Viking Days campus events co-chairs, helped to coordinate the event.
“Both Jess and I have been involved in other student organizations that have gotten Rob Oliver to appear in student events in the past, and we both thought it was a chill, low-cost, and overall great way to start off Viking Days,” said Ngo.
In addition to the free movie, students can expect popcorn, lemonade and hot cocoa to fend off the imminent fall weather.
This showing is special in that it marks the beginning of one of the most exciting weeks on campus.
“We wanted to find a way to kick off the week of Viking Days with an event that would embody the spirit of the school.” said Spalding. “We had a couple of ideas but we eventually decided that we wanted to involve our fearless leader, Rob Oliver.”
O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a 2000 film that is based on Homer’s “Odyssey” but placed in 1930s Mississippi — a rendition that may prompt those of you who struggled to keep your eyes open while reading The Odyssey in the ninth grade to take a fresh look at Homer’s epic. In this modern take, Ulysses Everett McGill (George Clooney) and his friends Delmar and Pete are escaped convicts that undergo countless and unbelievable adventures within the rich culture of the American South.
The movie is both goofy and incredibly thought-provoking. If you keep your brain on while watching, you will easily pick up on some of the deeper themes that Homer himself explored. From sirens to Cyclops, looters to lynch mobs,and prophets to prayers, this movie contains a little bit of everything.
But let’s not forget that Rob Oliver himself chose this movie.
“When I was asked to provide a film suggestion, this movie jumped immediately into my mind because I have enjoyed it immensely each time I have seen it. I like movies that make me think and make me laugh, and this one does both,” Oliver said.
Oliver also considered the film’s relatability to our daily lives.
“Everett is a character that you become endeared to in spite of all his obvious flaws and mistakes, which allows us each individually to relate to the story, as each of us are also imperfect beings on great adventures — in our own lives.” Oliver said.
Ngo names another incentive to stop by.
“A day that you can see both Rob Oliver and George Clooney in the same hour is a great day to be an Augustana Viking,” she said.
The event will occur at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13 in the Back Alley.