Sunday, February 7, 2016
Movie Review: Hail, Caesar!
The Cohen brothers have another fun and intriguing film with a star-studded cast and even managed to introduce some new faces to the viewing public. The most arresting performance was that of Josh Brolin as Eddie Mannix, a fixer or director of physical production for the fiction studio Capitol Pictures. The time period is old Hollywood 1950s and the rise of Communism is a subplot in the film. Brolin really steals the show and adds another great role to his impressive career.
Another cast member with a big name draw was George Clooney as an oafish star who ends up captured by a mysterious group known as the future. Clooney thrives as the moron Baird Whitlock and delivers a humorous performance.
Scarlet Johansson had a clever accent as a star of water picture but her roles were minimal alongside others like Jonah Hill, not enough time to get them on the screen for more than a few minutes. Ralph Fiennes probably had one of the funniest roles as an uptight director and served to help the conclusion wrap up.
The breakout star of the film is Alden Ehrenreich as a rodeo cowboy who is forced to star in a drama. His accent was great and he showed his physical ability as an actor. Another physical performance that was one of the best of the movie was Channing Tatum in a song and dance number with tapping and singing.
The story had some interesting twists but like most of the Cohen brothers movies, the ending is oddly inconclusive and left with many more questions. I enjoyed how each production changed the style of the film and the film has some impressive scenes. I always find these movies strangely enjoyable and look forward to their next venture!