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  • Eddie Williams

Hail, Caesar!


Today, I'm talking about Hail Caesar which is written, produced and directed by the Coen Brothers. It casts Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, and dozens of other cameos. In 1951, Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) plays a head studio production fixer whose job is too keep all the stars involved with his studio out of the press. During production of the studio's biggest anticipated films called Hail Caesar. The movie and the studios' biggest star, Baird Whitlock (George Clooney is suddenly drugged and kidnapped from his studio trailer. Eddie Mannix must get 100 grand to the kidnappers before anyone else learns of the kidnapping, which will end up killing the production company reputation. Now when I heard about this film, I was excited because of it being a Coen Brothers film. I'm a huge fan of them. After seeing the trailer to Hail Caesar, I'll admit it just looked meh to me. I wasn't fully sold to it like I usually am with the Coen Brothers' films. I have to say, I was highly disappointed with this film. I'm very mixed with it. I was really bored and I also got lost in it ALOT. They have great scenes showing us how they shot the movies back in those days, which I did enjoy, but you couldn't tell if you're watching a scene of a film they're shooting or if it's actually the movie going along. Though I did like some dialogue, I was mainly bored with most of it. They had a lot of very long scenes that were too stretched out that I felt like yelling at my TV for them to hurry up with them. This movie was packed with a lot of big actors, actresses and cameos. That's where it became an issue. We don't spend a lot of time with these characters which makes me ask, what was the point of them being in the movie? Some of the big characters even disappear throughout the film without them having any kind of send off or closure. The ending was anti climatic and too standard. Now for the pros. The cinematography was beautiful. It captures that time period very well. It was well acted and I enjoyed watching the scenes where they were making movies the old fashioned way. It feels like a Coen Brothers film, but this is probably one of their worst films to me which is ok because they have a very good track record and I still love them. I don't wanna tear into it too bad because it just wasn't my taste, but I respect what they tried to do with it. I'm gonna give it a 5/10.

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