Hail, Caeser takes audiences back in time to the early days of Hollywood
The Coen Brothers are a well known team by now. They have made such films as O Brother Where Art Thou, No Country for Old Men, Burn After Reading and many other popular movies, some that have been huge successes. Their films stray from the normal routine and this can sometimes be a welcome change. Hail, Ceaser is their newest movie and here is what this writer thought of it.
The film begins at Capital Pictures where Eddie Mannix ( Josh Brolin) is a fixer upper of sorts at this film studio who works hard to make sure movies get finished on time and that news that would harm the studio or his stars stays out of the papers. At the moment he is working on their biggest picture of the year “Hail, Caeser!” which stars the famous star Baird Whitlock (George Clooney). One day Baird turns up missing and it is up to Mannix to find out what has happened to him. When he gets an ominous note asking for $100,000 by a mysterious group that calls themselves the future he has to find a way to get the money and rescue his star. But with multiple projects going on Mannix is going to have his hands full. Who is this strange group? Why have they kidnapped Baird Whitlock? And will Mannix be able to not only save Whitlock but be sure no one outside of the studio finds out about it?
This was not an awful comedy but it will not be enjoyed by everyone. Josh Brolin’s character is the glue that holds the entire movie together. He is the one who makes sure the movie never loses its focus and if things get weird or out of line his character is the one to bring it back to reality. He not only helps introduce many of the characters in a unique way sometimes even as simple as walking on a sound stage or set. Sadly people like Jonah Hill and Ralph Fiennes are under utilized which was a mistake by the Coen Brothers. They both are amazing actors and when given the proper direction can raise a film up to a whole new level. The movie can be confusing at times but there are some pretty cool twists towards the end that make it an overall good comedic film.
This movie gets 6.5/10. It was a movie that this writer enjoyed but sadly he didn’t laugh much. The Coen Brothers movies are one of a kind and because of this they sometimes bring to the table material that will not be for everyone and this is one of those movies. People who are fascinated by the early days of Hollywood and the process of film making will have fun watching this movie but other people will end up being confused and may even find it to be boring at times. It is by no means a terrible movie but if you are not a fan of their films this is one you may want to miss.
If you are looking for a different kind of comedy this is the movie to watch. If you are a fan of any of these stars then this is a movie you will really enjoy. If you have liked any of the Coen Brothers movies then this is one you will want to see. Hail,Caeser comes out this Friday.
Check out the humorous trailer below: