Friday, March 25, 2016

Movie Review: Hail, Caesar!

Hail, Caesar!
directed by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen
starring: Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, Ralph Fiennes, and more.

Woah, boy. So here it is. My movie review for "Hail, Caesar!"

I was excited to see this latest Coen brothers film, as I tend to like the movies they make. This particular movie takes place in Hollywood in the 1950s, when the threat of communism was spreading. I really enjoyed how the movie's focus was on a single movie studio trying to make a movie and the man in charge of looking after the actors. There are really nice moments between the various characters that make this movie so charming. It is a little strange to see that the movie being produced in this movie is called, "Hail, Caesar!" too and how you start watching a movie within a movie like some out of body experience. It was a little surreal.

But I like how it put me in the perspective of the main character and it made me not get too wrapped up in the secondary movie at first by keeping it at an arm's length.

The main character is Eddie Mannix, played by Josh Brolin. His job is to make sure there are no scandalous problems with any of the actors at the movie studio he works for. Trouble comes when Baird Whitlock, played by George Clooney, is kidnapped and held for ransom by a group of Communists. It's absolutely hilarious when Baird, himself, wants to take part in his own ransoming. He's an interesting guy in how open-minded he is. There's so much time when he could have escaped and simply walked out the front door, but he stays in the home he was brought to and comfortably chats up with the Communists.

I really liked the character, Hobie. He was another actor working in a different movie by the same movie studio. He was so funny and charming that I totally didn't realize at first that he had no teeth. I don't know how that escaped me. I, also, enjoyed the scene with his new director, played by Ralph Fiennes, where Hobie couldn't get his lines right because of his accent and needed to repeat what the director was saying over and over again. Then when you see the final edit of the movie, you think he might have finally got it right, but the director decided to just change that line. Ha!

All of the characters in this movie are so fun to watch. Channing Tatum played another actor with a little dog. The last scene with him and his dog is just the best and something a pet owner would totally understand. Scarlett Johansson plays another actor who goes through a scandal because of an unplanned pregnancy. Tilda Swinton played two reporters. Twins. It was confusing but entertaining. This was a very good movie and I highly recommend it. I'd give it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

-O. Pelaez

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