Ahh, finally I get the opportunity to review my first Coen brothers film for Blitz Weekly. It is an honor and a privilege, and I know somewhere my high school philosophy teacher is looking down on this review in horror, thinking “I did not teach him to write like this. Joel and Ethan would not approve.”
The fact is Joel and Ethan Coen are two of the most brilliant writers, directors, and producers Hollywood has ever seen and their legacy has become somewhat timeless within cinema and the art of film making. Hail, Caesar! is an adept look into the art itself in a glamorized and spectacular fashion that may or may not be fiction. The Coen Brothers, with a skillful touch to the highest degree have landed there mark on the industry once again with their motion picture Hail, Caesar!
The film stars Josh Brolin (Sicario, Gangster Squad)as the big, Hollywood producer Eddie Mannix set in the 1950’s. Hollywood was just becoming it’s own little world and like any reality, trouble eventually ensues. It’s Eddie’s job to control the chaotic mess that is sometimes the lives of actors, the media, and his own family.
And of course, George Clooney (Gravity, Tomorrow Land) portrays the big Hollywood star whose trouble is top priority for Mannix. Josh Brolin, George Clooney, both of their characters on screen are inherent to be the fireworks. This alone was worth the movie ticket and will earn the movie much recognition by the multiple chair people that serve the award shows that actually mean anything in cinema: I am speaking of the Oscars and the Golden Globes. And if we are talking the Coen brothers here, they have just recently thrust themselves into the Emmy category for their television adaptation of their film Fargo, which was renewed for a third season half way through the airing of the second.
The cameo list here is long, but ultimately really well utilized within the story. Ralph Fiennes is superb, as well as Tilda Swinton and Scarlett Johansson. And who are now referred to as the comedic duo of sorts, and movie funny men Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill (21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street) both make brief, but complete separate appearances that the Coens used to up the quirkiness of the film, and upped it they did quite successfully, as it was a great interpretation of Tatum’s and Hill’s real life personas.
Overall, the movie flows well obviously by the help of highly professional resources they had to work with. And I would be remiss if I left out Alden Ehrenreich (Beautiful Creatures), who plays the young, up and coming Hollywood star who is out of his bubble with his new role, but take the challenge head on as he is still adapting to Hollywood life in reality but has a passion for making movies as well.
Go check out Hail, Caesar! in theaters nationwide now and see what I’m talking about. The Coen brothers make every penny of your movie going experience worth it with vividly rich entertainment and humor that seems to never run dry. See for yourself in the trailer below: