Hail, Caesar! (2016) Review

Rating: 7 / 10

A great from Coen Brothers that delivers their classical style of directing about a day in the life of Eddie Mannix, a Hollywood fixer for Capitol Pictures in the 1950’s. He is the main man who has to solve and clean up the problems in the entertainment industry. During that day his most famous actor has disappeared from the set of the movie Hail, Caesar, Mannix has to solve the problem. The fictional film studio “Capitol Pictures” has previously appeared in Barton Fink (1991) – a Coen Brothers period film.

Starring:

  • Josh Brolin as Eddie Mannix;
  • George Clooney as Baird Whitlock;
  • Alden Ehrenreich as Hobie Doyle;
  • Ralph Fiennes as Laurence Laurentz;
  • and many more.

Directed by: Ethan Coen and Joel Coen.

Written by: Ethan Coen and Joel Coen.

You will see almost all the same actors that have appeared in different Coen Brother movies over the years. This already marks the 4th film collaboration between the Coen Brothers and George Clooney and 3rd film collaboration between Josh Brolin. An ensemble cast that is so well put together. With all their acting they make the movie look natural.

For this movie I went to the premiere that was held on 17 February, 2016, in Riga, Latvia in Forum Cinemas by Kinoblogeri and got a really nice presentation about the Coen Brothers – found out some facts that I didn’t know about them. I really enjoyed the movie and laughed most of the movie but some jokes I didn’t get but one guy behind me was getting the jokes and he was laughing his ass off (maybe a Coen Brother fanatic or maybe a dumb ass). The best jokes of the movies for me were – four people from different religions talking to Mannix about how his movie (Hail, Caesar!) is accepted by religious authorities and how the religious guys turn on each other by making fun of each religion. The second joke – the line “Would that it were so simple.”. How the director Laurence Laurentz (Ralph Fiennes) tried to teach Hobie Doyle (Alden Ehrenreich) the line – I laughed my ass off at that point (The Best Joke of the Movie).

Loved the main cast and the supporting cast too. Good to see actors that I didn’t see in quite a while – Christopher Lambert (Highlander, Mortal Kombat, Subway), Wayne Knight (Jurassic Park, Space Jam) and many more.

For me this movie was great because I really love to see movies about how Hollywood works (at least how it works for a day), even if it is fictional I will enjoy it. For some this movie won’t be enjoyable because if you aren’t interested in Hollywood you won’t be interested in this movie (if you are just looking for a good story but if you like to see your favourite actor/actress – this movie is for you). Loved that they showed in the movie how the studio (Capitol Studios) will do anything to sharpen their image to look good, if something goes wrong (with actors and so on) the studio will do anything to save it. Even if a actor is speaking against them or talking weird things against their standards, they will smack the hell out of the actor so he listens and does his job (SPOILERS – George Clooney’s scene almost at the end when he started to talk about his newfound Communist learnings). Had some problems enjoying the ending – felt like they should’ve ended the movie with George Clooney’s line speaking at the end of filming Hail, Caesar because that was much stronger and funnier scene for a comedy then just Josh Brolins character Eddie Mannix character scene.

As of 21 February, 2016, Hail, Caesar! Has grossed $26.2 million in North America and $5.8 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $32 million, against a budget of $22 million.

For more information, check out: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0475290/?ref_=nv_sr_1

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