Main Plot Points:
- Four-time Oscar®-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men, True Grit, Fargo) write and direct Hail, Caesar!, an all-star comedy set during the latter years of Hollywood’s Golden Age.
- Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Channing Tatum, Hail, Caesar! follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix.
What We Thought:
- Hail, Caesar! has some really funny bits, but overall the film didn’t work as a whole for me.
- The biggest issue I have with it is that a lot of the characters and side stories were completely unnecessary. The story is about a Hollywood star (George Clooney) who is kidnapped and the studio fixer (Josh Brolin) who has to deal with it.
- There’s a side story about Communism that serves a slight purpose, but it could have been anything else. Scarlet Johansson and Jonah Hill’s characters serve zero purpose to the plot. It adds to Brolin’s difficult job, but the story of Clooney’s kidnapping and who’s behind it was plenty.
- The film itself is a giant homage to old Hollywood from new Hollywood. There’s lots of inside jokes and movies within the movie to represent real movies of that the time period. There’s singing and dancing and talk about “dames”. I found some of it funny, but I’m also kind of tired of the Hollywood love fest for itself. We get it Hollywood, you were cool and hip and still think you’re cool and hip.
- I know some people loved him in it, but I still don’t get the draw to Channing Tatum. Ok I get it, he can dance and looks good (sort of), but if you think his acting skills are up there with Clooney, Brolin or Tilda Swinton, you’re nuts.
- All those negatives didn’t stop me from at least somewhat enjoying it. There are some really funny parts and the actor in me loved seeing the behind the scenes/making of stuff even if it didn’t necessarily have to be there.
- The Coen Brothers are hit or miss to me. I like a lot of their movies. I think a lot of their movies are overrated. I think fans of theirs will eat up Hail, Caesar! I think the general movie going audience might see it expected a comedy with George Clooney. They’ll be disappointed and not understand most of it.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- George Clooney
- Josh Brolin
- Ralph Fiennes
- Scarlett Johansson
- Channing Tatum
Recommended if You Like:
- O Brother, Where Art Thou?
- The Coen Brothers