Hail, Caesar!

2016

Comedy / Mystery

87
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 85%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 47%
IMDb Rating 6.3 10 107366

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Scarlett Johansson as DeeAnna Moran
Emily Beecham as Dierdre
Channing Tatum as Burt Gurney
Tilda Swinton as Thora Thacker / Thessaly Thacker
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by bob-the-movie-man 7 / 10

Would that it were so simple

In the Coen Brothers latest "Hail Caesar" we have exactly the same Hollywood-based mix of communist writers and Hedda Hopper-style gossip columnists as recently seem in "Trumbo": but the films could hardly be more different.

"Hail Caesar" is the film within the film: the latest Victor Mature style 'God and Sandals' epic for Capitol Pictures, starring the megastar Baird Whitlock (George Clooney). Trying to keep this movie on track - together with all the other movies being concurrently filmed - is tough no-nonsense fixer Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin). These other movies include an Esther William's style water ballet starring gal-in-trouble DeeAnna Moran (Scarlett Johansson); an Anchor's Aweigh-style musical starring Burt Gurney (Channing Tatum); and a pot-boiling drama featuring non- acting singing-cowboy Hobie Doyle (Alden Ehrenreich).

To add to Mannix's tension, Whitlock is drugged and kidnapped before the final climactic Crucifixion scene can be filmed. Who's behind the plot and why, and can Mannix restore order while keeping the story out of the eye of voracious journalist twins Thora and Thessaly Thacker (both Tilda Swinton)?

The film plays out as a series of loosely connected vignettes, some much more successful than others. Johansson's water ballet, and indeed her entire sub-plot, is all rather dull and irrelevant and in my opinion could happily have been ditched.

Channing Tatum however is a revelation as a song and dance man in a Gene Kelly tribute. His song and dance number was for me the best part of the film and I could watch this stuff all day: I would personally LOVE IT if someone would make a complete retro-feature film in this ilk. Watch out too for Christopher Lambert ("Highlander") as his almost incomprehensible Swiss director.

Capturing the most attention though is young Ehrenreich as the upcoming star without a clue. Many of his scenes, especially those with classical director Laurence Laurentz (a brilliant Ralph Fiennes) are hilarious.

Popping up in cameos are Jonah Hill (as the fixer's well paid 'man to take the rap'); Frances McDormand ("Fargo") as a dottie film editor who really shouldn't wear scarves; and Robert Picardo ("Star Trek Voyager") as the Jewish representative in a contentious meeting of religious representatives discussing Christ's portrayal in the film ("So, a priest, a Protestant, a Greek Orthodox and a Jew walked into a studio...").

Having last year enormously enjoyed the studio tour at Warner Brother's studios in LA (HIGHLY recommended if you can book ahead for when you are in town) it was great to see the studios making an actual film there again (as opposed to TV). Cinematographer Roger Deakin has great fun suffusing the studio and everything else with a 50's glow, an effect extending to the old 4:3 screen format (which I can see generating some "my DVD is defective" returns in a few months!)

Is it any good? I think it's fair to say that this is a 'Marmite' movie (which if you are non-British is a way of saying that the film will massively divide opinion). I've not seen as many people walk out of a film at the cinema in recent years.

I personally found it a light-hearted and nostalgic trip into a golden age of studio-management, show-casing again the comic gurning talents of Clooney (particularly prevalent in the scene where he gets slapped around a bit and which demonstrates his range - as if we needed reminding after "The Descendants"). Brolin is great as the straight-guy Mannix and most of the rest of the cast add value, though Johansson seems Ill at ease with her role. I'm also afraid 2 x Swinton is not equal to 1 x Mirren in "Trumbo". But it is Alden Ehrenreich that is the real acting find of the film - a breakout role for him after more minor roles in films like "Stoker" and "Blue Jasmine".

This is not the best Coen brothers film, being patchy and spasmodic and, in places, rather too clever for its own good. I got the same feeling watching bits of this (for example, the writer's meeting scene) as I do in many Woody Allen films: that I am not politically / philosophically intelligent enough to understand the niceties of the script (and I'm considered quite bright!). This can be a bit alienating for an audience.

If I think back to all its numerous sub-parts it was often in 4-Fad+ territory.... but overall it's lack of cohesive story arc brings the overall confection down a notch or two.

(Please visit bob-the-movie-man.com for the graphical version of this review. Thanks).

Reviewed by blumdeluxe 7 / 10

Better than the ratings

"Hail, Caesar!" tells the story of a film company manager who has to deal with a kidnapped star, an attractive job offer, a lightly talented western actor and many more.

This film has an almost incredible cast. If you notice how many really big names appear throughout the movie it gives you an impression of the reputation the Coen brothers have in Hollywood. This one surely isn't their best work so far but still I find it better than many of the ratings here would suggest. Even though there's not a huge story (which actually is the case in many other Coen films as well), I felt entertained and eager to know how things will turn out in the end. There's a fine sense of humour surrounding the way Hollywood is depicted here that breathes the love for cinema that motivates the producers. The acting of course is fantastic and these points add up in my opinion to make a decent film.

All in all this is nothing you mustn't miss but it is a very nice addition to Hollywood cinema. Just give it a try and judge for yourself and you'll be probably surprised in a positive way.

Reviewed by vinsond21 3 / 10

A so-called comedy that is not worth hailing

I love the Hollywood movies from the 1940s and 1950s, so i was really looking forward to seeing this Coen brothers' effort. Sadly, i was extremely let down by a movie that had no charm, not wit and no humor. I enjoyed many earlier Coen brothers' movies including Raising Arizona, Hudsucker Proxy, Intolerable Cruelty and Burn After Reading, so maybe i had high expectations. This one was however dismally trite. The only actor who provided a bright spark was Channing Tatum. Unlike the classics from that period, Hail, Caesar! will not stand the test of time.

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