RELEASED 2016 RUNTIME 106 MIN LANGUAGE ENGLISH DIRECTION JOEL COEN, ETHAN COEN SCREENPLAY JOEL COEN, ETHAN COEN STARRING JOSH BROLIN, GEORGE CLOONEY, ALDEN EHRENREICH, RALPH FIENNES, TILDA SWINTON, SCARLETT JOHANSSON, FRANCES McDORMAND, JONAH HILL, CHANNING TATUM MUSIC CARTER BURWELL
A new Coen Brothers film! OMG OMG OMG!!!
Hail Caeser takes plays sometime in the early 50’s in Hollywood where Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) a so called Hollywood fixer is employed by the fictional studio Capitol Pictures to take care of some of their biggest stars and protect their public image, in particular Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) who gets kidnapped by a group who calls themselves The Future who threaten the finish of the production for Hail Ceasar, a biblical epic and currently biggest film project of Capitol Pictures.
This movie is a straight up homage to the golden age of Hollywood in a satirical way. It’s super funny and you immediately see how much fun the Coen Brothers had with making the movie. You feel their love for old Hollywood in every single frame, starting with the bright palette of various typical movie genres from that period they present in this movie, which are being produced at Capitol Pictures simultaneously. We have a spaghetti western, a mermaid musical, a sailor’s musical and a romantic drama with each presenting a story thread revolving around the core plot of the Hail Caesar production.
What’s so fun about the movie is the overall atmosphere. You feel like being deported back in time and thrown right into old Hollywood. If you are a movie buff like me you can’t help but appreciate everything the movie does in that regard.
It will also help you to forgive the movies lack of focus in a few places. Yes, the script is a little muddy at times and by the end you will be wondering what the movie was really about, but I think that’s a Coen Brothers staple. If you really think about movies such as Inside Llewin Davis and The Big Lebowski, these movies also in my opinion have no message whatsoever. Therefore, accusing Hail Ceasar of such thing would be hypocritical.
I would actually describe the movie as a day in the life of a Hollywood fixer and in that it totally succeeds
I love the comedic style, in particular one scene involving various religious representative debating over the depiction of Jesus. Oh my god, I totally lost it. It’s hilarious and again shows why you can not make a definitive religious movie. It is impossible!
The all star cast is great and it feels like everyone had so much fun on set. But Josh Brolin stole the movie for me. This guy seems to be on a roll lately with Sicario and Hail Ceasar right now. I’m very interested where his career is going.
What else to say? Yes the script was muddy at points and one scene in particular felt a little out of place. It’s a scene involving a soviet submarine that I totally could have lived without.
But other than that, if you are fascinated by Hollywood and the film industry in general and are a fan of the Coen Brothers, it’s a must see!