Monday, 4 April 2016

'Hail, Caesar!' Film Review

The Coen Brothers' new movie centers on a Hollywood fixer Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin), working for Capitol Pictures, and keeping the stars' scandals from the press. 

When one of the studio's top stars Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) is kidnapped, Eddie must cleverly navigate reporters Thora and Thessaly (Tilda Swinton) away from the story, handle a pregnancy and deal with a rising star who can't act.

Set in the 50s, the cinematography and aesthetic was well styled and themes were immediate, despite myself not resonating with the era. Perhaps this was the only thing I could enjoy as the events which very much mirrored the industry at the time was lost on me.

Topics of communism, capitalism, the diminishing of the picture house... were briefly explored but glazed over, as are the many name-dropped stars such as Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill.

The patchwork of characters and stories felt slightly piecemeal, but neatly woven together by fixer Eddie, played by Josh Brolin, who manages to carry the movie. 

Josh Brolin- Eddie Mannix
George Clooney- Baird Whitlock
Tilda Swinton- Thora Thacker/ Thessaly Thacker

Also stars Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ralph Fiennes

~~~OVERALL 6/10~~~
'Hail, Caesar!' is an interesting look at Hollywood in the 50s, exploring diverse themes and characters, albeit rather piecemeal, and abrupt. The real story is the one of Eddie Mannix, and Josh Brolin manages to deliver a strong performance. I could appreciate the movie for what it is, but unfortunately, I just didn't quite enjoy it.

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