Hail, Caesar! Review

Hail, Caesar! is a story about a movie studio fixer, played by Josh Brolin, in Hollywood in the 1950s, the job he does in order to keep the movie stars in line and anything else that needs to happen so that the movies can be completed and the studio can be successful.

Josh Brolin is great as the fixer, never resting, always on the lookout to repair or prevent any trouble that might come the studio’s way. He proves to be a very calm figure for the most part, but when he needs to up the intensity, he does it with ease. It’s a cultured performance and one that will go unnoticed, even though it warrants more respect. George Clooney is outstanding as the big movie star. He carries that star quality, as Clooney does, but also adds the comedic elements extremely well. Alden Ehrenreich is surprisingly the one that steals the show at times as he has the funniest moments in the movie.

Despite the big acting names that appear in the movie, the real stars of the film are the Coen brothers. They instil that peculiar style that they always have in their movies, making sure that there is more to it, than what simply meets the eye. They grasp the opportunity that the 50s setting allows, making fun of so many situations that played big part at that time in Hollywood and probably nowadays as well.

The movie is visually stunning, with excellent cinematography by Roger Deakins. However, one of my favourite aspects of the movie was the music score, by Carter Burwell. It’s absolutely fascinating, especially in a movie like Hail, Caesar! which has so much room for different kinds of music, from an epic theme on the Roman empire and Jesus, soviets and communism, sailor dancing, to film-noir, simply put, everything.

A satire about Hollywood in the 50s, created from the unique minds of the Coen Brothers.

8/10

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3 comments

  1. Always surprised to see this film get such high ratings! I really didn’t enjoy it that much to be honest. The film wasn’t marketed as a throw back to the days of the super busy Hollywood film industry, it was marketed as a comedy about a kidnapping of a major movie star. It didn’t live up to this idea in any way! Overall it was a fine attempt at the creation of the Hollywood in the 50s. But, for people like me, we were busy trying to find the humor of it all instead of just taking in the atmosphere which by itself has a hard time standing as a film worth watching.

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    1. Well, to be fair I think it shows once again how misleading film marketing is. One of the reasons I don’t care about it at all and don’t watch trailers. That being said I thought it had a few good funny moments but I don’t think it’s trying to be funny, it’s more of a satire, trying to make fun of situations.

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      1. I see where you are coming from. I’m not sure what I would have thought if I hadn’t seen any trailers. Coen brothers are such a hit or miss with me.

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