Stars: Josh Brolin / George Clooney / Alden Ehrenreich /
Release Date: 2016-02-05
Production Companies: Universal Pictures, Mike Zoss Productions, Working Title Films,
Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen,
Hail, Caesar! Summary
Tells the comedic tale of Eddie Mannix, a fixer who worked for the Hollywood studios in the 1950s. The story finds him at work when a star mysteriously disappears in the middle of filming.
Their latest, Hail, Caesar!, is their giddiest comedy to date, but it's also hit-and-miss within itself.
The Coen brothers' new comedy isn't quite an homage to 1950s Hollywood, but it's not a spoof of it either -- it strikes that tone of crisp drollness that's their specialty and that some people misread as aloofness or contempt. But it's not.
This is fairly amusing if you can get past the Coens' erasure of the anticommunist witch hunts, which destroyed hundreds of lives.
An unexpectedly sweet and utterly satisfying confection, a loving sendup of the Hollywood of yesteryear.
Not one of the Coens' major works, but it's a very enjoyable lark, especially for fans of old Hollywood.