Flash Review of Hail, Caesar
Hail Caesar (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical (spoiler- only one song)
Directors: The Coen Brothers
Writers: The Coen brothers
Starring: George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Tilda Swinton,
Going to be doing a detailed review for my good friends at JumpcutUk. However, for some basic thoughts on this one, here is a quick review.
Hail, Caesar has many storylines to speak of, but the central one involves a big movie star, Baird Whitlock, who is kidnapped and held for ransom. Now the studio fixer, Eddie Mannix (Brolin) needs to locate and rescue him for the sake of the film studios biggest new movie.
This film is directed and written by the Coen Brothers, this means that there are certain expectations always added to it. You expect it to be above-average in quality like set designs, music, writing, and acting. This movie nailed that. Everything was very well presented. Josh Brolin shined in a big way in this film as Eddie Mannix. He really impressed me from start to finish.
You also expect an unusual ending and this film certainly offers that. (Though they have had much stranger, more irritating endings in the past.)
The film has some good humor, very dry and satiric. It poked fun at the way movies were once made. I enjoy classic movies, but not every classic should be considered great by any means. This film certainly presented some of the silliness that went on in the movie industry (and in some cases still goes on today).
The movie had a couple of flaws. One was that it had too many characters that really weren’t needed. They had such potential to be used to a greater extent, but they weren’t utilized. The other is that the tone changes drastically sometimes making it uneven. Sometimes going from serious to funny, to awkward so fast, you have barely a time to adjust.
I enjoyed Hail, Caesar, it had good humor (very dry), a solid cast (Josh Brolin was wonderful), and beautiful set designs. Also, the musical score was perfect for such a film.
If you like Coen brothers films, then you will enjoy this. It may not be timeless, but it was certainly entertaining.